TC13: Environment

Vision: Protecting the planet and making glass.

Mission Statement: The mission of TC13 is to achieve best practice by exchange of information concerning current and developing techniques for reducing the environmental impact of glass during its production, use and disposal. This shall include the comparison of the results of different control techniques and the determination of best practice for measuring pollutants (primarily total particulate, NOx, SOx, HCl, HF & heavy metals) by means of parallel measurements, material balances, and round robin tests.

Action plan for the next 5 to 10 years: With emission limits becoming tighter and more expansive there is a critical need for better and more reliable measurements methods. TC13 will help provide the glass industry with adapted and affordable standard protocols, and it will help the industry benefit from new monitoring and emission control technologies.

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Activities and planned actions

The first meeting of 2018 was held at the offices of Arc, in Arques, France.  Mr. Piranda chaired the meeting and Mr. Pudner was the secretary. The meeting had a very full agenda and the 16 participants discussed many environmental and related occupational health topics of importance to the manufacture of glass.

The committee first discussed ICG issues which included expanding membership to include representatives from the container sector and improvements to the TC13 websites hosted by ICG and Celsian.

The topics of REACH and the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive were then covered.  This included a presentation of the results of boron leaching tests on a range of different glasses, a technical review of boron leaching, workplace exposure measurements of RCF and an update on the draft TC13 RCS paper.

The committee then addressed measurement of emissions from glass furnaces.  This included discussion of the results from the round robin exercise on volume flow rate calculation, abatement of boron emissions, parallel measurements to compare the results of FTIR against other test methods and factors affecting the formation of SO3 in SCRs.  It was agreed to that TC13 should develop papers on the topics of waste gas volume flow rate and the conversion of SO2 to SO3 in SCRs.

There were updates on the operation of CCFs at two sites in Europe. The results of work, part-funded through the ICG, to compare particle size distribution on the clean and raw gas side of a CF were also discussed. 

The second TC13 meeting was held at SSV, in Murano, Italy.  The meeting had a typically full agenda and the 21 participants (including 2 new members and 3 invited guests) discussed many important environmental and health issues associated with the manufacture of different types of glass.

The committee first discussed ICG business. Since the last meeting Mr. Piranda (TC13 chair) had left the glass industry and resigned as TC13 chair. Mr. Battaglia the vice-chair was elected chairman and Mr. Orhan was elected vice-chairman.

The group then discussed items relating to REACH and CMD regulations. It was confirmed that the TC13 work on respirable crystalline silica in sand would be published in early 2019 and there was a comprehensive presentation on new testing strategies for measuring compliance with workplace exposure limits.

The committee then discussed furnace emissions, firstly looking into the potential reasons for differences in the calculated and measured flue gas volume flowrate, with a view to preparing a TC13 paper in 2019. Formation of SO3 in SCRs was then discussed and a data collection exercise proposed to help determine the factors influencing the conversion of SO2 to SO3.  There was an update on the new Optimelt system and a comprehensive presentation on integrated techniques for glass furnace monitoring.

The committee heard a detailed presentation on ceramic catalytic filters and discussed their operation.  There were also updates from members on the operation of installed ceramic catalytic filters.

The meeting concluded with a round table on regulations and new abatement plants.

There are two meetings planned for 2019. The first will be in Belgium hosted by AGC, on 26th and 27th March. The second will be held in November, at St. Gobain, Aachen, Germany.

The rolling assessment of environmental issues addressed at each meeting will continue. This will include discussions on the recycling of flue gas filter dust, boron leaching, emissions measurement techniques, conversion of SO­2 to SO3 in SCRs and performance of new abatement systems.


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Abensour, Hugues
Battaglia, Walter Committee Position: Chair
Boogaardt, Jan
Didillon, Loic
Garakani, Meg
Gitzhofer, Karlheinz
Huenlich, Thomas
Kasper, Andreas
Maier, Egolf
Marchegiani, Milena
Orhan, Baris
Pudner, Mark Committee Position: Secretary
Ross, Phil
Senechal, Etienne
Severini, Luca
Slade, Simon
van Kersenbergen, Marco
Van Marcke de Lummen, Guy (Dr)
Varga, Zsuzsa

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