Emission monitoring trade association will mark the occasion at AQE Show 2015 in Shropshire on April 22-23
The Source Testing Association (STA) will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the upcoming Air Quality and Emissions show 2015 in Telford next month.
Director of the non-profit trade association, Dave Curtis, said it was “highly appropriate that we should mark this occasion at the AQE showâ€?, which takes place on April 22-23 in the Shropshire town.
Mr Curtis, who has been involved since STA’s inception, said: “This event and its predecessors [known as MCERTS] share a common objective with the STA, which is to help improve the quality, safety and reliability of environmental monitoring. For this reason, we have been instrumental in creating and developing these events, so it is very pleasing to see the success that the MCERTS and AQE shows have achieved.â€?
Established in 1995 and based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the STA has a corporate membership of more than 200 organisations, including process operators, regulators, equipment suppliers and test laboratories.
The Association offers technical advice to members relating to emission monitoring and MCERTS, as well as contributing to the development of industry standards, codes, safety procedures and operating principles.
Mr Curtis added: “We created the STA to give the emissions monitoring sector a voice, at a time when regulations and standards were changing quickly, and I am delighted with the success that we have achieved. Process operators have become responsible for emissions monitoring and through the development of new methods and standards, coupled with training and certification, the STA has made a major contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of emissions monitoring, coupled with improved procedures and safety.
“In the early days, our work was focused on MCERTS, but this led to greater involvement in European and international standards, and it is pleasing to note that we are now routinely consulted in the development of all standards in this sector. However, we are not sitting on our laurels and look forward to further success over the next 20 years.â€?
The AQE 2015 two-day conference and exhibition takes place in Telford, Shropshire, on April 22-23. Entry to the exhibition and workshops are free, but payment of £55 per day plus VAT is required to attend the conference sessions. Online registration for AQE 2015 is now open.