We work with companies throughout the glass supply chain on environmental projects such as recycling schemes, glass re-use and specialist raw material recovery, lightweighting of glass products, emissions control and environmental impacts.

Our stack emissions team is accredited by the Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme, and can analyse various process emissions. We then interpret the results and advise on abatement strategies.

We can also ensure you fulfil statutory obligations by completing workplace monitoring, tailored to your individual factory situation and the latest legislation.  


Environmental consultancy

Our environmental consultancy support spans all stages of the glass process, from raw material supply and manufacture, through to use and disposal. We can advise on environmental and sustainability issues, or undertake larger projects involving multiple partners, such as local universities, funding agencies and private companies.

Our experts assess new concepts, end-uses and methods, and improve glass manufacturing processes. They do this using

  • in-house laboratories
  • on-site mobile laboratory analysis
  • dedicated facilities for glass development
  • Pilot-scale glass manufacturing and testing

This demonstrates an unrivalled competence in environmental issues across the glass sector, waste stream and recycling.


Stack emissions monitoring

The stack emissions team are accredited to sample and analyse a range of process emissions for properties including:

  • Particulate – ISO:9096 (Stationary source emissions. Manual determination of mass concentration of particulate matter), and BS EN 13284-1 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of low range mass concentration of dust. Manual gravimetric method)
  • Hydrogen Chloride – BS EN 1911 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of mass concentration of gaseous chlorides expressed as HCl. Standard reference method)
  • Hydrogen Fluoride – BS ISO 15713 (Stationary source emissions. Sampling and determination of gaseous fluoride content)
  • Heavy Metals – BS EN 14385 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of the total emission of As, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb, TI and V)
  • Sulphur Dioxide – BS EN 14791 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of mass concentration of sulphur dioxide. Reference method), and EA M21 (Stationary source emissions — a procedure to use an alternative method for measuring emissions of sulphur dioxide, using instrumental techniques)
  • Oxides of Nitrogen – BS EN 14792 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of mass concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Reference method: Chemiluminescence)
  • Ammonia – BS EN 14791 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of mass concentration of sulphur dioxide. Reference method)
  • Carbon Monoxide – BS EN 15058 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of the mass concentration of carbon monoxide (CO). Reference method: non-dispersive infrared spectrometry)
  • TOC – BS EN 12619 (Stationary source emissions. Determination of the mass concentration of total gaseous organic carbon. Continuous flame ionisation detector method)

In addition to compliance check monitoring of Part A, A2 and B processes we also carry out testing for:

  • calibration of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS)
  • abatement plant efficiency trials
  • process investigations.

We are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 and the Environment Agency's MCERTs Monitoring Certification Scheme.

All site staff are fully trained in working at height and hold MCERTS level 1 and/or level 2 certifications. MCERTS accredited testing is a requirement for all IPPC part A1 and A2 processes.

In addition to standard monitoring and testing our experienced staff are able to assist with the interpretation of monitoring results and, working with our consultancy services, advise on abatement strategies.


Workplace monitoring

Our team has more than 40 years' experience providing comprehensive, in-factory air sampling services, assessing employees’ exposure to airborne substances against workplace limits. We can also provide static sampling.

We can ensure you are fulfilling statutory obligations under COSHH and other chemical regulations, tailoring projects to suit your individual requirements and the latest legislation.

Concentrations of harmful airborne substances in the workplace are usually controlled by local exhaust ventilation systems. We can also assess their performance using measurements of velocities and static pressures.

Typical airborne substances we monitor include

  • dusts – total, inhalable and respirable
  • respirable crystalline silica
  • organics – total volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and oil mist
  • metals – tin, lead and chromium
  • acid gases – hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and sulphur dioxide.

Environmental services leadership and expertise

We have built an unrivalled reputation in the field of glass related environmental and sustainability projects and consultancy. We have an established portfolio of large-scale projects and shorter studies, carried out for both private companies and agencies such as the Waste and Resources Action Programme, Carbon Trust, Yorkshire Forward and Recycling Action Yorkshire.

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Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

Technical Director
Nick is a glass expert with decades of experience in all aspects of sustainability, glass production, and product design across the global glass supply chain. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass production Sustainability and recycling Product design
Daniel Capon

Daniel Capon

Technical Manager
Daniel is a specialist in glass analysis and focuses on XRF and SEM. He has worked in the glass industry since 1999 and overseas our glass properties and environmental departments. Read More
Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Principal Technologist
Chris joined Glass Technology Services in 2005 and has expertise in environmental process improvement, resource efficiency, recycling and circular economy. He is also involved with the development, manufacture, and practical applications of novel glass products. Read More

Areas of expertise:

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