TFTEI Clearing House of Control Technologies

The clearing house is developed according to the TFTEI mandate (EB decision)

“Create and maintain a regional clearing house of control technology information for emissions of SO2, NOx, VOCs, dust (including PM10, PM2.5 and black carbon), heavy metals and POPs with the aim of being a reference place for dissemination of information to the experts of the Parties”.

The purpose of the Clearing House is as follows:

The clearing house aims to deliver information on reduction techniques for SO2, NOx, PM, VOC, HM and POP coming from different anthropogenic sources through:

  • Updated information on best available techniques to reduce emissions, with a focus on technical descriptions and environmental performances,
  • Information on the latest developments on reduction techniques both for general and specific applications, with a focus on technical descriptions and environmental performances,
  • Operating experience and feedback from operators, with a focus on lessons learned in the field and real life investments and operating costs.

The structure of the clearing house for stationary sources is as follows:

For stationary sources, the approach followed to deliver information is pollutant-based as the Protocols are pollutant oriented. However dust, PM10, PM2.5, heavy metals and black carbon are addressed simultaneously.

For each pollutant section, the structure of the clearing house is as follows:

  • General information
  • Latest developments
  • Operating experience feedback

Pollutants covered are as follows:

  • SO2
  • NOx
  • PM and HM (including PM10, PM2.5, black carbon, Hg, Cd and Pb)
  • VOC
  • POP (PAH, dioxins, PCBs and HCB)

The Web site structure is as follows:

The web site is split in two parts:

  • A publicly available part with information assessed by the Clearing House Committee as described below,
  • An exchange platform only available for registered persons/experts (User_ID and passwords and pin to be issued on request by the TFTEI technical secretariat) for industry and Party experts to :
    • Deliver information on reduction techniques (manufacturers of techniques),
    • Deliver information on operating experience and feedback, with a focus on lessons learned in the field and real life investments and operating costs (plant operators),
    • Ask questions (all TFTEI experts).

Information coming from plant operators and manufacturers of techniques can be uploaded on the exchange platform.

Relevant information uploaded to the exchange platform is made available on the public platform after review by the Clearing House Committee.

Information / stakeholders to be involved:

Guidance Documents prepared by TFTEI for the purpose to serve the Gothenburg Protocol, are a valuable source of technical information and recommended to be used.

BREF documents drafted by IPTS Seville are taken into full consideration when available and officially adopted.

  • General information on reduction techniques for SO2, NOx, PM, VOC, HM and POP: this information can be made available by TFTEI experts. Additionally, other types of information should be taken into consideration, e.g.:
    • Documents similar to BREF documents adopted by other fora , e.g. other Conventions or technical guidance from other organizations,
    • Reports drafted by Parties on a case by case basis.
  • Latest developments on reduction techniques by manufacturers (using the exchange platform before coming publicly available) and/or information searched by the TFTEI Technical Secretariat. Prerequisite for accepting information coming from manufacturing companies is that no elements of advertising are contained
  • Experience and feedback by operators (using the exchange platform before becoming publicly available).

Clearing House Committee (CHC)

A Clearing House Committee has been set up and chaired by Emmanuel Fiani from ADEME.

The main task of the Committee is to assess the information delivered through the exchange platform before published at the public web site. The CHC is not a not a certification body.

Meetings of the Clearing House Committee are expected to be held every 3 months to review the quality and consistency of the information recently provided and to review the relevance of the information already available on the clearinghouse web-site. Depending on the items on the agenda, Committee meetings can also be held via phone or teleconference and preparatory work is mostly carried out electronically. It is expected that at least one meeting per year will be held physically, for instance back-to-back with TFTEI plenary meetings.

Participants to the clearing house committee are as follows:

Nadine Allemand CITEPA (F)
Kseniia Bagrintceva CIS center (RU)
Jean-Guy Bartaire CITEPA (F)
Johan Boij EUROMOT (DE)
Thomas Brinkmann JRC (European Commission)
Remi Bussac EDF (F)
Nicolas Caraman EDF (F)
Pierre Kerdoncuff ADEME (F)
Petra Hagstrom Swedish EPA (SW)
Tim Hill EON (GB)
Katja Kraus German UBA (DE)
Joseph McCarney ACCSEA (GB)
Carmen Schiel KIT (DE)
Frederik Neuwahl JRC (European Commission)
Tiziano Pignatelli ENEA (I)
Claire Rosevègue MTES (F)
Serge Roudier JRC (European commission)
Peter Scherm EUROMOT (DE)
Guy Vanmarcke Glass Alliance Europe (B)
Benoît Zerger JRC (European commission)
Kristina Saarinen Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE)

How to deliver information and ask question?

Guidelines for delivering information are available hereafter in order to guarantee good quality of information delivered and to help the providers of information to deliver it in a proper and shared format. Information can be delivered by any company providing reduction techniques and any plant operators in activities emitting SO2, NOx, PM and HM (including PM10, PM2.5, black carbon, Hg, Cd and Pb), VOC, POP (PAH, dioxins, PCBs and HCB).

In order to access the exchange platform, please demand your User_ID and passwords the TFTEI technical secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Each Party to the Convention on the Long Range Transboundary Air pollution can participate to the clearing house.