Basque Government: Gold sponsor of the 9th IWA International Conference on Odours and VOCs

Basque Government   The 9th international conference on Odours and VOCs will take place in Bilbao on 26 and 27 October, and the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment will collaborate as a gold sponsor. The Basque Government believes that the conference aligns with the BASQUE GREEN DEAL (BGD) strategy the Basque model for a fair and sustainable economic development, in line with the European Green Pact.

   The BGD includes the objectives of reducing emissions and generating renewable energy, but it is not limited to these areas, as it is born as an economic model with industry and technology as the main levers, so that science, technology, circular economy, industry, energy transition or the food chain itself are aligned with the same objective. The aim is to make progress in the objectives of reducing emissions and generating renewable energy, inspired by the principle of technological neutrality.

   Given the industrial past of this community, the Basque Government has always been leading new initiatives for the control and monitoring of pollution. For example, in 2014, with the purchase of a mobile laboratory equipped with GC-MS chromatographs, a line of work was started to track and analyse volatile organic compounds in situations of odours and complaints of activities that may be contributing VOC pollutants, different to the pollutants established in the air quality regulations.This sponsorship shows once again the Basque Government's interest in working on the knowledge and management of impacts in urban environments, such as odours, and the availability of tools to help control and monitor them.

   Amaia Barredo, Vice-Minister of Environmental Sustainability, highlights "The commitment of the Basque Country to deepen the work already started, monitoring VOCs with mobile laboratories in odour situations. In recent years considerable investment has been made in mobile equipment capable of tracking VOCs, many of which generate odours. The Department's intention is to continue working along these lines, increasing resources and focusing on specific campaigns to improve the situation at certain points with specific problems such as odours".

   If you want more information on the Basque Government and their  projects, you can visit their website here or talk to them in their booth during the conference.

   Register to the conference here.

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