The prevention and control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from storage tanks containing oil or chemical feedstocks or products is addressed by a new EEMUA Publication launched this week. Emission reduction is of primary importance, not only for economic reasons but increasingly to minimize the impact on the environment.

EEMUA Publication 213 'Emission reduction from oil storage tanks and loading operations' begins by introducing the main theory on how emissions can be minimised by focusing on the source of emissions. The Publication then guides tank owners and operators, manufacturers, designers and specifiers to the most suitable tank type for particular feedstocks based on the true vapour pressure (TVP) of products. Background theories on possible solutions to prevent or reduce emissions are provided. Guidelines are also given on the treatment of the escaping vapours when the achieved level of emissions does not match the intended level or statutory requirements.

EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

EEMUA Technical Manager, Andrew Pearson, said: "EEMUA 213 tackles a key issue both to tank owners and operators as well as regulators. This Publication continues to expand EEMUA's already strong technical coverage in the storage tanks sector."