Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a fundamental parameter in assessing air quality.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported in 2018 that air pollution was the cause of almost 50,000 premature deaths in Europe per year. This finding pre-empted the head of the EEA agency stating "Air pollution is an invisible killer and we need to step up our efforts to address the causes”.
Clearly preventing premature deaths is a priority and reducing air pollution could save millions of lives. Heavy industries are a major source of VOCs and recent modification to EPA rules call for the tighter enforcement of fence line monitoring to reduce environmental emissions.