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Large point sources of emission

With sponsorship from the  Air Pollution and Climate Secretariat, Mark Barrett has developed a modelling and database system of 15000 Large Point Sources (LPS) of atmospheric pollutants. Methods for collating and estimating the emissions of SO2, NOx, particulate matter and CO2 have been developed. Data have been collated from a range of sources, including three global databases. These include power stations and other large combustion facilities. LPS emissions data for any country or region may be assembled. The system has been used to identify the largest emitters, and to study the effects of different emission control policies. These data may be used in other models; for example, the energy trading and energy models and in other applications such as assessing health impacts, the potential for CHP, emission trading, etc.

For the Air Pollution and Climate Secretariat, Mark Barrett has carried out studies of LPS in countries in Europe and bordering countries. The latest study on power stations is “The Costs and Health Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Power Stations in Europe” by Mark Barrett (University College London) and Mike Holland (EMRC). Published by the Air Pollution and Climate Secretariat and the European Environmental Bureau, it may be downloaded here.

The previous study was completed in October 2004 and may be downloaded here. Using data from this study, the map shows the 2000 largest point sources of SO2 in Europe. An interactive Google map is here.






The chart shows the dominance of a small number of large sources for SO2 emission. The largest 200 LPS constitute about 73% of the emission from all LPS in the database.