IMPEL reports on IPPC, compliance monitoring

IMPEL, the EU network of environmental regulators, released three reports in September. One report notes that only 10% of food and drink firms will fall under the 1996 Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC).

The first report, based on a conference held in Sweden in June, discusses best practice in compliance monitoring. It looks at the split in responsibilities between regulators and operators, how to set measurable limits and what sort of enforcement action could be taken.

The report recommends that further consideration be given to harmonising measurement methods across the EU and developing a standard convention on data reporting.

The second report looks at the food and drink industry under IPPC. One finding is that in most countries only 10% of companies in the sector will fall under IPPC. Many common problems such as high water consumption and wastage are more pronounced in smaller, non-IPPC companies, it says. Controversially, the report suggests a "mini-IPPC" to regulate such companies (ENDS Report 267, pp 37-38 ).

A third report is available on progress in EU countries towards developing general binding rules under IPPC - an optional standardised permit aimed at easing the regulatory burden on straightforward industrial activities.

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