EURECAT and Repsol have developed a methodology that will be made available to all agents involved in the management of air quality. The first phase of the work, carried out over 12 months and ending in December 2018, visualizes the improvement of the volatile organic components in relation to air quality and highlights the fact that all the parameters measured are below the minimum quantities established.
REPSOL is aware of the growing social demand to manage and guarantee air quality in the Camp de Tarragona area. For this reason it has promoted a pilot experience to measure organic volatile components and constantly monitor air quality. The experience, which has been carried out with the technical participation of EURECAT and Institut Cerdà, has made it possible to apply and verify the validity of a new methodology. This will be made freely available to all the agents involved in air quality management and especially to interested municipalities.
Throughout a whole year, by means of 20 rotating meters and the use of chromatography techniques, it has been possible to visualize the quality of air throughout the Camp de Tarragona for the first time. This first phase of the work, which will conclude at the end of 2018, has included exhaustive monitoring of butadiene levels. The results indicate non-relevant quantities that are far below the existing reference levels. This is especially true in the areas where the focus of local concern are concentrated, such as the municipalities of Constantí and El Morell.
The provisional results of the study were presented to the Air Quality Committee of the Camp de Tarragona in October. The ongoing objective is to continue making progress towards an, open access and totally transparent, model of stable air quality management. The new methodology can incorporate the analysis of as many volatile organic components as are required.
The good results obtained are the result of the multiple investments made in recent years at the chemical plant. To be specific, in the last five years, a total of 50 million euros have been invested in environmental improvements. The results will be made available in the coming weeks.