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Winter Seminar on “Packages Gases – Safety Inspired Solutions”
Packaged gases is at the heart of our industry. See here for the very interesting programme.
Because of its virtual nature and low registration fee, it is open to more experts than ever before.
So don’t miss out and register today (such registration is required to obtain your personal access code).
We look forward to welcoming you virtually on 26th and 27th January 2022 !
(click here for an the impression of last Winter Seminar if you feel a little nostalgic)
SI 2 – Handling of Gas Cylinders During and After Exposure to Heat or Fire
(Revision of SI 2/14) All gas cylinders, whatever the gas content, are potentially dangerous when exposed to fire or excessive heat. Excessive heat exposure can weaken the cylinder and, in extreme cases, result in the failure of the cylinder. Click here for the publication.
SI 42 – Acetylene Cylinder Base Corrosion
This Safety Information is intended to raise awareness of hazards and safety measures necessary regarding the filling of acetylene cylinders of welded construction with a footring.
Doc 239 – Mechanical Integrity of Generator Systems in Acetylene Plants
This harmonised publication has been developed to give guidance on mechanical integrity of acetylene generator systems.
A mechanical integrity programme is intended to ensure that equipment does not fail in a way that causes or enhances a catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals.
EIGA members have seen an increase in hospital fires involving medical oxygen. This is also experienced in other parts of the world.
Although there is little known from the official investigations, it is believed that the increased administration of the high-flow oxygen therapy for Corona infected patients in rooms not adequately designed with sufficient ventilation can lead to oxygen-enrichment, which combined with energy sources can indeed lead to fires.
Therefore, EIGA adapted an existing CGA poster and published a Safety Poster in A4 and A3 format which provides clear messages to healthcare facility staff for the prevention of such fires. The National Gas Associations plan to further distribute the safety poster locally.
SL 11 – Health Care Facility - Oxygen Fire Safety
There are critical steps Healthcare Facilities can take to reduce the risk of fires involving medical oxygen. See here for the poster.
REC had a busy summer
The most urgent issue with which REC has been dealing is the Climate & Energy Aid Guidelines (see draft-CEEAG ) which will place limitations on Member States’ freedom (1) to award state aid to renewable and low-carbon energy developments and (2) to compensate specific electro-intensive industries for the cost of levies intended to pay for that state aid. These CEEAGs are proposed to replace the current EEAGs but, as currently written, no longer include Industrial Gases in the list of sectors eligible for aid. This is technical, but let me share one number to illustrate the importance: the cost involved for our membership exceeds half a billion euros! Our experts met bi-weekly and exchanged hundreds of emails. We provided feedback to the European Commission, participated in the official consultation and reached out to the relevant Commission services and Commissioners’ cabinets. We were supported by national associations and other industry associations. We continue to advocate for inclusion of the Industrial Gases sector in CEEAG (see this infographic for our arguments) and we expect adoption of the final legislative proposal before the end of 2021.
Less urgently but of potentially greater significance, in July the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package of proposals was published. It contains a long list of proposed directives and regulations that are intended to bring EU policies into line with the target of 55% emissions reduction by 2030. Some of the proposals in the package would have significant implications, positive and negative, for our sector; this is particularly so for the proposed revisions of ‘RED 2’ & ‘ETS4’. Further, in December we expect the publication of the “Gas Package” which will complete the Commission’s slate of energy and environmental proposals that will be carried forward for debate and decision by the European Parliament and Council in the coming months.
Many readers will also be aware of the difficult discussions between the Commission and some Member States on the ‘Taxonomy’. The implications for industrial gases are more complex than can properly be represented in this short report but readers should be aware that REC is following developments and will intervene when appropriate to support the interests of our sector.
It is clear that REC will be busy in 2022, with its broad objectives being:
to maintain a level playing field between insourced and outsourced industrial gases production, supported by the argument that the efficiency gains from outsourced production can and do support the achievement of energy and climate ambitions;
to highlight the benefits arising from private hydrogen networks to ensure customers have access to the required purity and reliability of supply;
to ensure recognition of ASUs as key underpinnings of industrial decarbonisation.
EU policies are changing fast. On the one hand, these policy developments bring into sharp focus how the skills of EIGA members will become more and more critical if climate ambitions are to be met. On the other hand, some of these policy proposals have the potential to undermine key aspects of our traditional business model.
Doc 911 – Odorisation of Oxygen in Combustion Applications
(EIGA Members' area, Revision of Doc 911/03) This publication gives guidance on some of the more important safety features of equipment used for odorising oxygen and information about the properties of the odorising substance to enable the process of odorisation to be carried out safely.