Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Two large industries are about to undergo a review of their environmental compliance rules – how will it work and what does the future hold for IED installations in the UK?

What is the BREF review process?

The European Commission has a rolling programme reviewing and updating the reference documents for best available techniques (BREFs) as applied across sectors falling under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The IED recognises these documents as the pre-eminent source for environmental compliance. Member states are expected to demonstrate compliance within four years of their release, with updated permits issued to affected facilities. 

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