industrial emissions directive

More than half of the EU’s Member States are failing to share crucial information about highly-polluting activities effectively online.  Many are failing to meet even the minimum requirements for transparency required by EU law. In research published recently by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) looked into 26 EU Member States, Norway and a number of regional authorities and has found a huge divergence in the quality and quantity of information available.

New statutory guidance, under the Industrial Emissions Directive, for non ferous metals has been published by the European Commission through the so called Seville process.  The best available techniques (BAT) concerns the production of the whole range of non-ferrous metals including copper, lead, tin, cadmium, precious metals, and cobalt and sets standards for the issuing of environmental permits. New standards for the production of carbon and graphite are also included due to their use in aluminum smelting.

The European Commission has approved a controversial integrated emission management system as part of new regulations for mineral oil and gas refineries under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Final conclusions on the best available techniques (BAT) for the sector under the so called Sevilla process were published on 28th October.  The document includes tougher BAT- associated emission limits (AELs), which will underpin the revised BAT reference document (BREF) used by regulators to set permit conditions.

Stakeholders meeting on 20th September discussed revised EU guidance (a BREF) on best available techniques (BATs) to reduce pollution from refineries under the Industrial Emission Directive (IED). The controversial ‘bubble approach’ is likely to be used under an integrated emission management system. The inclusion of a BAT conclusion on this approach is supported by a number of member states including Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic but others including Germany, Austria and the UK are opposed.