Second sector specific capacity building workshop of the eVOC Serbia project for the representatives of the coatings, varnishes, inks, and adhesives production industry

Within the Project “Implementation of European regulation on volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions – eVOC Serbia”, a workshop entitled “VOC management and obligations of the operators – Production of coatings, varnishes, inks, and adhesives (Activity 17)” was held. The workshop intended for the identified representatives of industry in this sector, as well as for the representatives of environmental inspection at all levels, was held on Friday, 26 November, using the Zoom platform in the form of a webinar. This is the second sector-specific workshop in a series, which is aimed at presenting regulatory framework related to the control of volatile organic compound emissions and their reduction schemes. 

Ms. Ljubica Bolović, representative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, greeted the participants on behalf of the Air and Ozone Layer Protection Unit and shared a brief summary of the Ministry’s activities in this field. In her introductory lecture, eVOC’s Serbia expert, Mr. Elena Janković, spoke about the legislation and presented in detail, the Regulation that pertains to the obligations of VOC operators from this sector in the Republic of Serbia.

International expert of the eVOC Serbia Project, Dr Richard Schlachta, spoke in detail about the relevant sources of VOC emissions from this sector, such as the processes of mixing, modification and filling, as well as on the calculation of solvent mass balances for the activity of the production of coatings, varnishes and adhesives, i.e., on determination of solvent consumption and checking compliance with emission limit values. After this, the best available techniques for reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds, like the use of thermal oxidizers and absorption techniques, were also presented and described in detail. After each of his lectures, the participants of the workshops held by Dr Schlachta were given an opportunity to ask questions and get concrete answers that rely on examples and experiences from the field.

The invitation of the eVOC Serbia Project was accepted by the representatives of inspections at all levels, from the national and province inspectors to local inspectors, as well as representatives of producers working in this field. 

You can see the agenda and pictures from the Zoom workshop here.