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CORINAIR 1990 Summary Report 3

Large Point Sources

Topic report 20/96


Klaus Radunsky and Manfred Ritter

European Topic Centre on Air Emmissions


This report was prepared under the supervision of Gordon McInnes, Programme Manager and André Jol, Project Manager,European Environment Agency


CORINAIR is a programme to establish an inventory of emissions of air pollutants in Europe. It was initiated by the European Environment Agency Task Force and was part of the CORINE (COoRdination d'INformation Environmentale) work programme set up by the European Council of Ministers in 1985.

In 1995 the EEA’s European Topic Centre on Air Emissions (ETC/AE) was contracted to continue the CORINAIR programme and to finalise several reports on the results of CORINAIR1990. The results of CORINAIR1990 provide the most detailed, complete, consistent and transparent European air emission inventory to date.

This summary report 3 provides for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide an overview of the contribution of the emissions of large point sources to total European air emissions and more detailed information on the individual, most important point sources. The summary reports 1 and 2 present analyses of respectively the (11) main source sectors and the (approximately 60) sub source sectors.

In 1995 and 1996 the ETC/AEM continues to assist participating countries to report their national emissions (1994/1995) as required under international conventions and programmes (UNECE/EMEP, UN-FCCC) and based on these reports the ETC/AEM will prepare the European 1994 air emission inventory.

Table of contents

1. Introduction

1.1. Emission Inventory
1.2. CORINAIR 90
1.3. This Report
1.4. Structure of CORINAIR 90
1.5. future Developments of CORINAIR 90

2. Methodology

2.1. General
2.2. Definition
2.3. Confidentiality
2.4. Data Structure

2.4.1. Therman Capacity
2.4.2. LCP Directive Data
2.4.3. Fuel Consumption
2.4.4. Other Information About LPS in CORINAIR 90

2.5. Verification

3. Large Point Source Emissions in Europe 1990

3.1. Introduction
3.2. Overview
3.3. Public Power Plants
3.4. Industrial Combustion Plants
3.5. Refineries
3.6. Inorganic Chemical Industries

Appendix A

Participating Countries

Appendix B

List of Source Sub-Sectors (Snap Level 2) and Percentage of European Total Lps Emissions

Appendix C

CORINAIR 90 Data Dictionary for Lps

Appendix D

CORINAIR 90 - NAPFUE 90 Definition


CORINAIR 90 is an air emission inventory for Europe for 1990, initiated by the European Council of Ministers as part of the CORINE (Coordination d’Information Environmentale) work programme. The CORINAIR system presently has been integrated in the work programme of the European Environment Agency and the work is continuing through the European Topic Centre on Air Emissions.

In the first summary report (CORINAIR 90 Summary Report nr. 1, final draft, 1995) an overview has been presented of the emissions of the main (11) source sectors. The Summary Report nr. 2 examines the most important source sub-sectors (57) within the main sectors in detail and this report presents information on large point sources (LPS).

It should be noted that the data reported here from CORINAIR 90 are not fully consistent with those reported in line with the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories under the UN Framework Climate Change Convention or the EU Decision on a Monitoring Mechanism for CO2 and other greenhouse gases. CORINAIR 90 data has been used by several countries as a basis for such reporting but this required careful re-allocation and re-aggregation between reporting categories as highlighted in the IPCC Guidelines and some gaps and inconsistencies remained to be resolved between IPCC and the EEA.

It should also be noted that the data in CORINAIR 90 are not fully consistent with those in CORINAIR 85. For example the number of sources for NMVOC has been increased and emission factors for NOx for traffic are not consistent for the two databases. Therefore no comparisons have been made between the data for 1985 and 1990.

The estimates of emissions from large point sources presented in this report are based on the official data, submitted by the participating countries in CORINAIR90. However due to some inconsistencies in reporting between countries it should be noted that it is possible that not all large point sources, as defined within CORINAIR90, within a certain country are covered by this report.

However the results of CORINAIR 90 provide the most detailed, complete, consistent and transparent European atmospheric emission inventory to date. Nevertheless are results estimates of actual emissions with significant uncertainties in some cases. Furthermore some gaps and inconsistencies remain. Comments and observations on the results presented in this draft report are welcome to assist in the longer term development of the methodology.

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