MEPs agree to unify and toughen controls on industrial emissions

The draft EU Industrial Emissions Directive should make it more difficult for firms and regulators to avoid applying best available techniques for limiting pollution, and allow states to limit CO2 emissions from new power stations

Discussions on a successor to the EU integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) regime reached an important point on 4 May, when the European Parliament’s environment committee approved a firm line on emissions controls. The full parliament is due to vote on the proposals in July.

The draft Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) offers the solution of unifying the rules on emissions control into one cohesive directive. It will amend and consolidate IPPC with legislation on solvent emissions, waste incineration, large combustion plants (LCPs), and titanium dioxide production. Discussions on the new directive began in 2007 (ENDS Report 388, pp 26-29).

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