Revision of EU industrial emissions legislation


 

REVISION OF THE INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS DIRECTIVE AND THE E-PRTR REGULATION: FIRST STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP, 15 DECEMBER 2020

On behalf of the European Commission (DG Environment), a Ricardo-led consortium organised the First Stakeholder Workshop within the context of the Revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive. This was held on the same day as the First Stakeholder Workshop within the context of the Revision of the E-PRTR Regulation which was organised by a RPA-led consortium.

KEY ROLE OF AGRO-INDUSTRIAL SECTORS IN IMPLEMENTING THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (the IED) is the main EU instrument regulating pollutant emissions from (agro)industrial installations in order to achieve a high level of protection of the environment. Various primary industrial sectors, as well as intensive agriculture installations, are in the scope of the IED. Permits must be issued for these installations by national authorities with conditions based on the use of Best Available Techniques (BAT). An evaluation of the IED was carried out in 2020, concluding that it largely works well, but that improvements could be made in its design and implementation.

The European Green Deal aims to radically reduce the environmental impacts of the EU, including its climate impacts, going towards 2050. Today, numerous (agro)industrial sectors covered by the IED still contribute significant overall pressures on the environment, they must play their role in achieving the aims of the European Green Deal.

The European Commission has committed to review EU pollution control measures from large agro-industrial installations, in order to ensure that they become fully consistent with current and future-oriented (2030, 2050) climate, energy and circular economy policies.

An impact assessment to examine revisions to the IED is currently under way. This First Stakeholder Workshop will provide more information on the impact assessment process, work plan and the follow-on consultations that will take place. The meeting will explain this process, and present the problems being considered in the impact assessment, together with current options being considered to address these problems, which will form the focus of consultation activities throughout the coming year.

Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 January 2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (the E-PRTR Regulation) is to transpose, at an EU level, the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Kyiv Protocol on pollutant release and transfer registers. The E-PRTR helps improve public access to environmental information on pollutant releases and transfers from Europe's largest industrial facilities. By establishing a coherent and integrated database with clear data on the annual mass emissions (and transfers) of pollutants, the E-PRTR enables the public to become more closely involved in environmental decision-making.  The recent review of the E-PRTR Regulation has concluded that it is generally ‘fit for purpose’ but there are some areas for possible refinement.

The E-PRTR Regulation is closely linked to the IED and, as for the latter, an impact assessment to examine revisions to the E-PRTR Regulation is currently under way. The afternoon session of the First Stakeholder Workshop will provide more information on the impact assessment process, work plan and the follow-on consultations that will take place. It will present the problems together with the possible policy options being considered in the impact assessment, which will form the focus of consultation activities throughout the coming year.

IED REVISION – MORNING SESSION


Slides: These are available here
Contact: If you have any questions regarding the workshop on revision of the IED, please email [email protected].

AGENDA

IED REVISION – MORNING SESSION

E-PRTR REGULATION REVISION – AFTERNOON SESSION

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