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Industrial Emissions Directive: Best Available Techniques (BAT) guidance published

Anti-pollution measures for pulp and paper installations will be subject to improvement once the latest best available techniques (BAT) are formally adopted before January 2014 in the form of BREF documents that set out standards if permits are to be awarded under the Industrial Emissions Directive. A final draft of the document, was published by European Commission’s Agency in Seville. Permits for installations will have to be updated within at least four years of the BREF’s being published in the EU’s Official Journal according to the IED directive. The new associated emission levels or AELs, are in some cases much tighter in the new guidance than in the existing BREF. This is the case for emissions of dust and SO2 from recovery boilers that accounts for most EU pulp production. Meanwhile, the first draft BREF for wood-based panel activities and a second draft for pig and poultry farms will be published before the end of July. They follow the release of the final draft BREFs for refineries, calling in particularly for end-of-pipe abatement techniques to be used such as selective catalytic reduction to secure permits in future. A BREF for large combustion plants was released at the beginning of the month and will apply from 2016 to all large combustion plants with a thermal input of over 50 megawatts. Further information can be found on the European IPPC Bureau (EIPPCB) website.

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