The Ramboll Environ – Jiangsu China-U.S. Environmental Monitoring Co. Ltd. (EMCUS) EcoPartnerships aims to 1) improve the air quality levels in chemical industrial plants (CIPs) through research and development (R&D) of air pollutant monitoring and alarming system in China CIPs; 2) promote development of Chinese environmental monitoring system and system integration, and cultivate strong equipment and integrated service providers for these systems; 3) provide a strong foundation to promote environmental monitoring and treatment in CIPs in Southeast Asia, India and Africa, through policy guidance of the Chinese Government’s “Belt and Road” Initiative; 4) provide timely, reliable and public information of environmental quality of CIPs to public, and establish a long-term cooperative mechanism for R&D.
The EcoPartnership will 1) develop continuous air pollutant monitoring and alarming systems for CIPs in China using Huafeng CIP, Dafeng, Jiangsu Province as a pilot project; 2) use fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and traditional air emission measuring equipment to monitor Chinese CIPs for daily, real-time air pollutant concentrations; develop monitoring and alarming software; and 3) build a set of online monitoring systems for air, groundwater and solid pollutants in Chinese CIPs using the air pollutant monitoring system as a model.
On January 10, 2017, China's first project for infrared stereo monitoring and early warning in a chemical industrial park was established in Huafeng Chemical Industrial Park in Dafeng, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China. In March 2017, EMCUS built the second atmospheric infrared monitoring system in a new material industrial park in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. In December 2017, the pilot program for the continuous air pollutant monitoring, alarming, and source attribution system for the Huafeng Chemical Industrial Park was completed. In January 2018, the Jiangsu provincial and Yancheng municipal acceptance of the Huafeng project was achieved.
The successful completion of Dafeng, Yancheng project attracted investigation and studies by experts and leaders from Environmental Protection Bureaus and Administrative Committees in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Hubei provinces, allowing Dafeng to play a demonstrative and leading role in chemical industrial park air quality monitoring nationally. The project showed how the tracing and early warning of exhaust gas emission in China's chemical industrial parks would be resolved effectively. Results were also reported to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Based on Dafeng demonstration project, the team also built an FTIR air quality monitoring station for exhaust gas emission in the chemical industrial park in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China in March 2017 and in the chemical industry park area of Wujiang, Jiangsu in May 2018. Designs for FTIR air quality monitoring projects for chemical industrial parks in Xinyi and Xuguan of Jiangsu Province were also completed in in April 2018.
In June 2018, the team initiated a project to develop a fenceline continuous air pollutant monitoring and web-based public reporting system for a refinery facility in Southern California in June 2018.
Overall, the project is successfully applying advanced air quality monitoring equipment from the United States to develop and install air quality traceability and early-warning software for industrial parks, resulting in advancements in air quality monitoring technology and new business opportunities for U.S. companies in China’s 3,046 chemical industrial parks.