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At IEA Clean Coal Centre webinars our expert authors give presentations on the findings of their latest reports. Webinars usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month at midday (UK Time). If you are unable to attend the event live, they can be viewed at any time after the event from this page.

Outlook for environmental equipment under new mercury emission regulations is the subject for the next webinar, which will be presented by Dr Lesley Sloss on Wednesday 17 December at midday (UK time). 

Legislation for mercury control for coal-fired power plants is emerging in several regions. The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has several new rules, including MATS (the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule) both of which will have a significant impact on coal-fired power plants in terms of retrofitting control technologies for compliance. Canada has the Canada-Wide Standard which sets caps on mercury emissions for individual Provinces. Although the EU has not yet set emission limits for mercury from coal-fired plants, the new IED (Industrial Emissions Directive) has annual monitoring requirements for mercury emissions. Further, the new BREFs (best available technology reference documents) include details on options for mercury control. This would imply that, although mercury is not currently being regulated, emissions are being monitored and control may be required at some sources in future. China's latest Five-Year Plan includes emission limits for mercury which, for the moment, are not particularly challenging. However, there is clearly a recent and significant move in China towards the cleaning up of emissions from the coal sector. 

In addition to mercury-specific policies and approaches, these regions have other policies and regulations which could have a significant effect on mercury emissions. Looking ahead, based on the consideration that regulations will be enacted for several pollutants simultaneously in these regions, the outlook for environmental equipment regulations with respect to trace element emissions is investigated. The webinar covers:
• legislative approaches in the different regions
• suitable control technologies - co-benefit approaches, mercury specific technologies and multi-pollutant strategies
• summaries of action in each of the target regions.



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Previous webinars
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An overview of carbon capture systems by Robert Davidson
Blending of coals to meet power station requirements by Lesley Sloss
CCS challenges and opportunities in China, by Andrew Minchener

Co-utilisation of renewable energy with coal by Stephen Mills
Developments in CFBC by Qian Zhu 
Developments in oxycombustion technology by Toby Lockwood
Direct Injection Carbon Engine by Kyle Nicol

Non-greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plant in China, by Andrew Minchener
Outlook for environmental equipment under new mercury emission regulations, by Lesley Sloss
Pre-drying coal - technologies and economics by Nigel Dong
Prospects for coal and clean coal technologies in the Philippines by John Kessels    
Prospects for coal in Turkey by Stephen Mills

Challenges and opportunities for coal gasification in developing countries, by Andrew Minchener
CO2 abatement in the iron and steel industry, by Anne Carpenter
Coal and gas competition in power generation by Nigel Dong
Coal mine site reclamation by Lesley Sloss   
Coal prospects in southern Africa by Paul Baruya Cofiring high ratios of biomass with coal, by Rohan Fernando 

Energy issues for Mongolia by Andrew Minchener
High efficiency power generation - alternative system concepts by Qian Zhu
Impacts of seaborne trade on coal importing countries by Paul Baruya 
Increasing the flexibility of coal-fired power plants by Colin Henderson
Legislation, standards and methods for mercury control, by Lesley Sloss
Low water FGD technologies by Anne Carpenter
Management of coal combustion wastes by Xing Zhang

Recent developments is particulate control by Kyle Nicol
Status of advanced ultrasupercritical pulverised coal-fired power plant by Kyle Nicol
Sustainability of biomass for cofiring by Debo Adams
Techno-economic analysis of PCC versus CFB combustion technology by Toby Lockwood
Trace element emissions from coal, by Herminé Nalbandian
Understanding pulverised coal, waste and biomass combustion by Ian Barnes
Upgrading and efficiency improvement in coal-fired power plants by Colin Henderson
Upgrading the efficiency of the world’s coal fleet to reduce CO2 emissions by Ian Barnes












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