Industrial environment & emissions

Air quality and air pollution are two of the most important health challenges facing people in cities around the world. The improvement of air quality is essential if we are to maintain an acceptable urban environment in our cities.


Rob Hounsome

Rob Hounsome

Regional Director, Infrastructure & Environment, Middle East
T: +971 2 658 4618

Air quality and air pollution effects are considered very important environmental aspects in the Middle East. The continuous monitoring and improvement in our air quality is a priority here which is essential when maintaining acceptable environments in our cities.

Air quality, energy production and industrial manufacturing

The planning and control of energy generation, energy consumption and industrial manufacturing raises the following questions:

  • How can we avoid adverse effects on the environment at a reasonable cost?
  • How can we minimise and control air pollution?
  • What are the legal requirements for air emissions?
  • In flue gas cleaning, how can we ensure efficient use of absorbents, energy efficiency and additional heat recovery?

Reducing air pollution from energy producing facilities and industrial manufacturing are two ways of improving air quality. Our team of experienced engineering specialists can find the optimal solution for your facility, based on:

  • Local requirements
  • The needs and requirements of the client
  • BAT reference notes
  • Best available technique
  • Commercially available FGT technologies to reduce pollutants, such as dust, NOx, SO2, HCl, HF, heavy metals, and odours
  • Emission limit values
  • Quality assurance of automated monitoring systems for emissions
  • Consumption of absorbents
  • Generation of solid residues
  • Ash and residual product disposal economisers and condensation of water vapour from flue gas, including heat pump technology
  • Air quality and traffic

Transportation and mobility in cities have consequences. If we are to maintain an acceptable urban environment as traffic increases, we need to pay attention to the quality of the air. This means gathering and analysing environmental statistics and quantifying traffic-related pollution in order to influence driving behaviour and make better informed transport choices.

Traffic-related pollution has been a major issue in traffic and urban planning. Municipalities prepare action programmes on traffic and the environment, and authorities carry out environmental impact assessments of infrastructure projects.


Carbon capture analysis from Norwegian refinery

CO2 emission from fossil fuels is an environmental problem around the globe. Statoil and Gassnova, with funding from the Norwegian State, has therefore decided to explore the possibilities to reduce CO2 emissions from their refinery at the Mongstad industrial site north of Bergen by introducing a new carbon capture plant.

Tithebarn city centre regeneration

We are working on various aspects of the new masterplan for the city centre of Preston, Lancashire. The area concerned is known as Heart of the Tithebarn Regeneration Area (HTRA) and covers approximately 14.8 hectares. The masterplan provides for 32 new-build blocks, the refurbishment of existing structures, relocation of the bus station and a considerable area of new retail space, leisure facilities, public spaces and car parking.

Among the key environmental aspects considered during the evolution of the scheme have been land quality, archaeology, ecology (there are bats on the site), noise impacts, air quality, microclimate, drainage, townscape, visual context and waste management. Impact on the local economy and social structure have also been studied.

Our consultants undertook preliminary microclimate analysis of daylight, sunlight and wind flow on the development site and the surrounding area. The objective of the wind flow analysis was to ensure that the proposals offered a year-round comfortable external environment.

Our infrastructure engineers have completed an extensive 3D earthworks model of the proposed new bus station area that optimises the cut and fill volumes. A comprehensive drainage strategy has been developed that minimises the need for sewer diversion. The surface water strategy endorses the use of Sustainable Drainages Systems (SUDS) and includes rainwater harvesting, porous paving and the extensive use of green/brown roofs.

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