Industrial Air Pollution Monitoring

About the course

What will I learn?
This course focuses on general management issues, including legislation, compliance with authorisation conditions, quality assurance and control. You’ll gain perspectives from all sides – regulators, industrial emitters and contract source testing organisations. You’ll also look at measurement and analytical techniques. Gaseous and particulate emissions will be covered and both extractive sampling and in situ methods will be discussed. Towards the end of the course there will be a workshop on calculation methods, something which is relevant to everyone involved in emissions monitoring.

How will I benefit?
Whether you’re new to the field or looking to update your knowledge, you’ll gain a broad overview of industrial air pollution monitoring. You’ll have the opportunity to meet equipment and services providers.
If you’re a stack tester requiring personal certification under the Environment Agency's MCERTS scheme, the sessions on Day One are particularly relevant to MCERTS level 2 (team leaders). Day Two is particularly relevant to MCERTS Technical Endorsements 1 (particles), 2 (trace species) and 3 (manual methods for gases). Sessions on Day Three are particularly relevant to MCERTS Technical Endorsement 4 (instrumental methods for gases).

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you have an interest in industrial air pollution monitoring and will be particularly useful if you’re:

  • an environmental manager

  • an environmental consultant

  • an Environment Agency/SEPA officer

  • a control and instrumentation specialist

  • a contract testing engineer

  • a works chemist or engineer with responsibility for emissions

  • an operator of plant subject to PPC/EPR authorisation


The 2024 programme will be available in due course. In the meantime, take a look at the programme for 2023 below.

Day One: Management of emissions monitoring

Registration 9 - 9.30am

  • Emissions monitoring under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR)

  • The Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme

  • Management of contract emissions testing

  • Safety management for emission monitoring – the importance of risk assessment

  • The quality assurance of Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems to EN14181

  • Power industry regulation and emissions monitoring

  • The Operator Monitoring Assessment Scheme (OMA)

  • The monitoring of ERF emissions

Day one ends at 5.15pm

Day Two: Manual and instrumental methods for particles and gases

  • Monitoring activities at a chemical manufacturing site

  • Measurement of particulate emissions by extractive sampling

  • Stack flow rate measurement to EN ISO 16911

  • Sampling and analysis of trace species

  • Odour sampling and analysis

  • Periodic sampling methods for gases

  • Calculations of uncertainties in stack monitoring

  • Converting emissions to reference conditions

Day two ends at 4.40pm

Day three: Instrumental methods of particle and gas analysis

  • Understanding instrument performance standards

  • Calibration of gaseous emission measuring systems

  • Design of sampling systems for emissions monitoring

  • Optical analysers for extractive gas analysis systems

  • NOx abatement and reductions for boilers and furnaces

  • Design and application of FTIR to monitoring pollutants

  • Data acquisition and reporting - principles and practice

  • Continuous particulate monitoring technologies

Day three and course ends at 4.40pm


Course Director:
Dr Hu Li - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Co-Course Director:
Simon Medhurst, Smedstack Environmental

2023 Course Speakers included:

Paul Adamczyk, Alkali Environmental and ex-Environment Agency
Jonathan Clark, Syngenta
Stewart Davies, enfinium
Dr Andrew Dixon, Gasmet Technologies UK
Mark Elliott, Element Materials Technology
Matthew Evans, ENVEA
George Forster, A1-CBISS
David Graham, Uniper Technologies
Richard Harvey, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Dan Jones, Uniper Technologies
Dr Brian Moyle, Servomex Group Ltd
Rod Robinson, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
Louise Warren, Olfasense UK Ltd

Fee information



Fees are VAT exempt and are NOT inclusive of any accommodation at the course venue. Please see the accommodation tab for details on booking any accommodation if required.

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.​​

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate please contact Emma Barker or Stevie Standerline E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Industrial Air Pollution Monitoring’ course.

Bedrooms are subject to availability and the following rates (including VAT) apply with a ‘48 hours prior to arrival with no cancellation fee’ policy: Friday – Sunday, bed and breakfast £88 per night, Monday – Thursday, bed and breakfast £92 per night, for sole occupancy in a superior double room. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals.


What our delegates say

“Excellent, varied course and essential for anyone who is involved in emissions monitoring.”

“As a fairly young professional in the environment sector, this provided a ideal overview of the air pollution monitoring methods and regulations that were certainly applicable to my field of work.”

“The course had an excellent range of speakers who were vastly experienced in their fields and worked the topics together into a seamless delivery.”

“Very good course even for someone that has been in the power industry for years. I learnt a great deal.”

Contact us

Katie McCarthy– Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: 0113 343 5746


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