Environmental service group invests in ambient air monitoring capability
The growing demand for environmental services, in the laboratory, analytical, testing and monitoring markets, has spurred the development of a wide range of specialist facilities, provided by global groups and by nationally and locally based companies.
Part of the Northumbrian Water Group, now known as Ondeo Services UK plc, AES provides a wide range of UKAS accredited inorganic and organic chemical analysis for contaminated land, water and air samples. Other services include its specialist dioxin and furan analysis, legionella risk assessments and effluent treatment evaluations.
The company already offers a comprehensive air monitoring service which measures stack emissions for a range of customers including municipal incinerators and industrial sites, however the new service will measure air quality in the wider environment.
The move comes as the company looks to expand its range of services to meet the increasing demand from both local authorities and industries who are required to comply with European air quality legislation such as the IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) regulations.
Ambient air monitoring involves the sampling and analysis of air to check levels of pollution from substances such as benzene and lead from vehicle exhausts and particulates and unpleasant odours from industry. The new service will also measure noise pollution.
Serving local authorities
John Allan, Laboratory Director at AES said: "We expect demand for the new service to be greatest from local authorities who have to comply with the UK Air Quality Strategy, as well as from the landfill and waste management business, environmental consultants and government agencies."
He continued: "Attaining good quality, reliable air quality data is vital to businesses and local authorities in fulfilling their environmental responsibilities.
"Our new ambient air service will provide a comprehensive and cost effective facility for our customers, delivered by fully trained, experienced and accredited air quality scientists. It will complement our already extensive range of environmental sampling and analysis and we look forward to building on our successful track record."
AES employs over 200 professionals based at its laboratories in the North East,
Midlands and South East of England. In addition to Northumbrian Water, the company's
biggest customer, others include Castle Cement, the Environment Agency, Entec,
Degremont and a number of local authorities and universities throughout the