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The 12th MEC (Mercury and multi-pollutant emissions from coal workshop) takes place in the fantastic Kruger Gate Hotel, Mpumalanga, South Africa from 28 February - 3 March 2017. This event combines a one-day workshop on Energy Efficiency and Emission Challenges for South Africa and neighbouring African regions (co-hosted by the US State Department), with the three-day 12th annual Mercury Emissions from Coal workshop, co-hosted by UNEP, DEAT and Eskom, which will encompass a more multi-pollutant ethos. Both meetings will look at emissions of all micro-pollutants to air, not just mercury.

There will be three sections to the weeks events: 

1 Day - Energy efficiency and emissions reduction workshop, Tuesday 28 February

This one-day meeting is free to attend but may be limited in capacity - priority for attendance will be given to African delegates and to those registered for the MEC meeting. All materials and catering will be provided free of charge to registered delegates. We are not seeking abstracts or presentations for this meeting but we do hope that registered delegates will be prepared to share relevant information during the workshop discussions. The working day will end with a gala reception hosted by the US Department of State, who have sponsored this event.

3 Day - MEC workshop: Mercury and multi-pollutant emissions from coal, Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 March

MEC comprises two and a half days of workshop to discuss mercury and combined pollutant control from coal combustion. This will include issues such as coal chemistry, control technologies and reduction strategies, legislation and policy, emission inventories and solid/liquid media containment and control. As always, MEC will include discussions on evaluating, understanding and controlling emissions of mercury from the coal combustion sector. Abstract submission opens on 1 July and closes on 31 November 2016.

Half day - UN Environment Coal Partnership meeting Friday 3 March pm

The last afternoon of the event will be dedicated to an update on the activities of the UN Environment Coal Partnership. The UN Environment Secretariat and the Partnership leads and project managers will provide updates on completed and ongoing project work in Southeast Asia. Discussion will also take place on proposed project work in Vietnam and South Africa and the potential for projects in SE Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. Delegates who are not yet members of the Coal Partnership are invited to join the discussion and to consider the advantages of becoming partners. More details of the Coal Partnership can be found at: www.unep.org/chemicalsandwaste/metals/globalmercurypartnership/coalcombustion/tabid/3539/aspx

Registration 

The registration fee for MEC11 is set at £330. MEC draws experts from around the world, it is regularly attended by delegates from over 24 countries. We recommend that delegates book accommodation as soon as possible with the venue as the hotel is small and the conference does not have exclusive use of the property. 

Travel 

The venue, the Kruger Gate Hotel, is best reached by flying from Johannesburg international airport to Nelspruit regional airport. The hotel can then arrange for a transfer for you from the airport to the hotel. Nelspruit is around 66 miles from the hotel but there are relatively frequent flights. You could also fly to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport which is around 60 miles from the hotel but with fewer flights. There is an airport, Skukuza, only 10 miles from the hotel but it reported that flights are infrequent. 

Advice on innoculations and anti-malaria treatments are outwith our area of expertise. If you have any concerns, please contact your GP before travel. Also - some countries will require conformation of some innocculations as part of the visa process. Please ensure you check all requirements fully.

Accommodation and social events
The Kruger Gate Hotel is a fantastic luxury hotel right on the fringes of the Kruger National Park and so is extremely popular. However, accommodation on site is limited and therefore we suggest that delegate make arrangements to book accommodation as soon as possible. Please email Cornelius Bam for the hotel booking form at Cornelius.bam@proteahotels.com. Please note that the price of the hotel (around £80/night) includes breakfast AND evening meals and is therefore exceptionally good value. 

The Kruger Gate Hotel is now FULL on several of the meeting dates. There are a small number of venues nearby, the most suitable of which may be the Sabie River Bush Lodge, about 16km from the meeting venue (a shared taxi ride, if others are also at this hotel): www.sabieriverbushlodge.co.za

The 1 day workshop will include a welcome reception. MEC 12 will include a gala dinner. Both these events are free to registered delegates. Delegates may bring a guest for a fee (please book via the ticket page). There will also be the opportunity for delegates to book for a morning and/or an evening game drive out to see the wildlife in the park. These events will not clash with the meeting agenda. 

Visas

If you require a visa for S Africa, please email lesleysloss@gmail.com to have an invitation letter produced for you.

Why not sponsor?

We welcome sponsorship. IEA CCC would be happy to hear from potential sponsors who may wish to increase their presence at the meeting by hosting lunches, coffee breaks, or the gala dinner. Please get in touch with lesley.sloss@iea-coal.org for more details.

We are in the process of moving to a new web system. If you have ANY issues or problems with abstract submission, registration, ticket payments or indeed problems of any kind, please email me immediately at lesleysloss@gmail.com so that we can sort this for you.