30 years of Techne Consulting

November 6, 2016 Techne Consulting celebrated 30 years of consulting and software development in the fields of environment and energy. In these 30 years we have worked with leading energy and environmental Italian institutions (Ministry of Environment, Regions, Regional Environmental Protection Agencies) and with research institutions (ENEA, CNR, ISPRA, universities, etc.), We participated in the most important international working groups on air pollution (from CORINAIR 85 project), we have published many original scientific papers that have often anticipated the problems that would emerge in subsequent years. Among other things we have been pioneers in stressing the importance of an integrated approach to energy and air quality planning indicating the possible negative influences on air quality of the combustion of solid biomass. We also developed the first model of assessment of pollutant emissions from ships in the specific Transport programme under 4th Research and Technology Development Framework Programme of the European Commission.

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CLAiR-City: Genova City day

On October 25 in Genoa, within the framework of the Science Festival, took place the city day of the European project Clair-City (Citizen Led Air pollution Reduction in Cities), funded by the European community under Horizon 2020 and led by a consortium of universities, research centers, public bodies, international organizations and companies (including Techne Consulting).

During the event, the Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate of Liguria and the councilor for the environment described the situation in Liguria and the technical director of Techne Consulting carried out a presentation of the project and the results obtained so far in involving citizens and stakeholders.

The best short films made by the citizens on sustainable mobility and the winner of the school competition "My city, my school, my home", both promoted within the project, were also awarded.

Impacts of traffic to and from shopping centers

At the 23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference on May 15-17, 2019 in Thessaloniki a poster was presented that reports the results of the case study on the assessment of traffic impacts to and from shopping centers and on collective transport planning, carried out in the course of activities to support the preparation of the Regione Abruzzo Air quality management plan

The conclusion of the work is that particular attention must be given to the aspects of mitigating the effects of the presence of centers. Priority should be given to the development of transport, especially rail, for shopping centers. The procedures relating to strategic environmental assessment must be applied to planning procedures for areas suitable for hosting large sales areas.

Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes

Some results of Techne Consulting work on air quality modelling for air quality management have been presented at beginning of June 2019 to the 19th International Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes in Bruges (Belgium).

The wok "Regional and local air quality modelling in different scenarios for EU directives application: Italy case studies" has been presented by our technical director and defines a first balance of the work in air quality modelling in the frame of air quality planning.

In the same occasion a poster on work of the ClairCity partner was presented.

2019 UNECE Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections

The annual meeting of the  Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections) in the frame of UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution was held in Thessaloniki on May 13-14, 2019.

At the meeting our Technical Director gave a presentation, in the Combustion & Industry Expert Panel, on the evaluation of emissions from the domestic sector and services in the cities, developed in the Horizon 2020 ClairCity and a presentazione, in the Projection Expert Panel, on tools, methods and case studies in emission projections for regional and local air quality plans.

The TFEIP supports Parties in the reporting of official air pollutant emissions and projections data to the Convention.  It also provides a technical forum and expert network to identify emission factors, establish methodologies for the estimation of emissions, and identify problems related to data reporting.