EU pollution guidance package completed

Decade-long effort to define best techniques for curbing industrial pollution draws to a close

A ten-year effort by the EU to define best available techniques (BAT) for curbing pollution by major industries has reached its conclusion with publication of the last of 32 planned BAT reference documents, or brefs (see separate article, this issue).

The brefs will play a crucial role in informing EU governments as they implement the 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive.  The law requires governments to ensure that around 50,000 installations in sectors ranging from glass, steel, chemicals and food operate to BAT from this October.   New installations must already comply.

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