Best Available Techniques

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.

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.

Anti-pollution measures for pulp and paper installations will be subject to improvement once the latest best available techniques (BAT) are formally adopted before January 2014 in the form of BREF documents that set out standards if permits are to be awarded under the Industrial Emissions Directive. A final draft of the document, was published by European Commission’s Agency in Seville. Permits for installations will have to be updated within at least four years of the BREF’s being published in the EU’s Official Journal according to the IED directive.