Promoting the EU's BAT guide on waste management

The European Industrial Emissions Directive requires the application of Best Available Techniques (BAT) in industry sectors related with environmental impacts.

Promoting the EU's BAT guide on waste management

The European BAT studies (BREFs) are prepared by the European IPPC Bureau of the Research Centre IPTS in Seville in the framework of the European IPPC Directive and the European Industrial Emissions Directive . The European Industrial Emissions Directive is the basis for harmonized permitting, monitoring and inspection of more than 50,000 industrial installations in Europe.

The European Industrial Emissions Directive requires the application of Best Available Techniques (BAT) in industry sectors related with environmental impacts. BAT are techniques ensuring a high level of environmental protection, considering impacts on all environmental media; at the same time, these techniques are considered as technically and economically viable. The BREFs describe, for different industry sectors, the BAT and the environmental performance achievable by applying the BAT. BREFs are developed in a participatory process, in which both industry and the Member States are involved. For this process, the European Commission published guidelines.

The BREF for Waste Treatment covers the installations of a number of waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) treatments and provides:

  • general information on the waste treatment sector,
  • general information on the industrial processes and techniques used within the sector,
  • data and information concerning the environmental performance of plants within the sector, and in operation at the time of writing, in terms of current emissions, consumption and nature of raw materials, water usage, and use of energy,
  • techniques to prevent or, where this is not practicable, to reduce the emissions from plants in this sector that were considered in determining the BAT,
  • BAT conclusions as defined in Article 3(12) of European Industrial Emissions Directive.

The EMMC can help you with applying the EU's BAT guide on waste management. Contact EMMC to see how we can assist you.