The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is establishing a system which will act as a central repository of all data and information related to industrial emissions of firms with Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) / Continuous Opacity Monitoring System (COMS). Through the Air Quality Network Operation Center, the Bureau aims to monitor the compliance of industries through transmission of air quality data in real time.
This initiative is in line with the implementation of DAO 2017-14 or the “Online transmission of Data from CEMS/COMS of Major Industries”, EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2020-003 or the “Mandating All EMB Regional Offices (EMB-ROs) to Establish an Air Quality Network Center using a Uniform Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS) which shall Act as Repository of Industrial Emission of Firms Required to Install Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS)/Continuous Opacity Monitoring System (COMS)” and EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-14, otherwise known as “Establishment of an Integrated Air Quality Network Center that monitors and serves as repository of real-time industrial emission from firms required to install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) / Continuous Opacity Monitoring System (COMS) through the use of a uniform Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS), and in relation to clarify pertinent provisions of Department Administrative Order No. 2017-14”.
As of July 29, 2022, there are already thirty-nine (39) firms connected to the Air Quality Network Operation Center of the EMB and a number of companies from fifteen (15) EMB Regional Offices committed to connect with the Air Quality Network Operation Center.
Below are the scheduled test connections from all firms with CEMS/COMs nationwide CEMS Work Plan for CY 2022: