As part of implementing
the Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC-Directive),
the Best Available Techniques (BAT) for waste treatment industries
are being identified in a European-wide process and described in
the BAT REFerence document (BREF) "waste treatment industries".
expert meetings are aimed at co-ordinating, developing and approving
the German contribution to the formulation of the BREF "waste
treatment industries". About 20 representatives from industry,
research and the responsible authorities participate in the events.
implementation of the IPPC-Directive should help to prevent or reduce
emissions from industrial plants to air, water and soil through
an integrated concept as much as possible. The Directive aims at
a general European harmonisation which will contribute to both environmental
protection and the reduction of distortions of competition between
locations. One instrument which is central to the realisation of
its goals is the creation of BREFs which lay down the best available
techniques (BAT) in Europe for different types of industrial plants.
documents are to assist the responsible authorities across Europe
in issuing permits for industrial plants. In addition to the best
available techniques, the BREFs also contain emission and consumption
data, which gives them a great factual weight in the approval of
industrial plants. The documents are prepared by "Technical
Working Groups", which are composed of representatives of the
Member States, industry and environmental organisations, through
a formalised information exchange, the so-called Sevilla process.
firsts draft of the BAT Reference document "waste treatment
industries" is available for download here. The document is
available in English.
Draft BAT Reference document "waste treatment industries"