2006 - Oil refineries, environmental

Thanks to his general knowledge of oil refining activities, Andy was asked to assist in a project for setting emissions benchmark figures for new plant. This involved him searching literature to identify best available techniques for reducing emissions based on energy use and developing simple equations for calculating emissions from process throughput. Working to a tight time-scale he was able to develop benchmarks as required, but also pointing out that they were based on scarce data, which ultimately calls into question the validity of the proposed approach. The results from this work are being used to inform the DTI on administering the EU ETS.