Revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and of the Regulation on the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Caroline VERHELST / Lukáš ĎURECH
  3. Contact

Background

Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in Europe due to their emissions of air pollutants, discharges of waste water and the generation of waste. Therefore, reducing industrial emissions is one of the greatest targets for the European industry to create a clean environment that improves public health and supports the zero pollution ambition under the European Green Deal, as well as the EU’s policies on energy, climate and the circular economy.

In order to realise a clean industrial transformation, the Commission proposed to update the EU rules on industrial emissions of EU's main instrument regulating pollutant emissions from industrial installations, namely the Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (the Industrial Emissions Directive or IED). Various primary industrial sectors are required to operate in accordance with a permit, which is granted by the national authorities based on the use of Best Available Techniques (BAT).

In addition, through the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), which stems from the Regulation EC 166/2006, emission data reported by the Member States are made accessible in a public register, which is intended to provide environmental information on major industrial activities. E-PRTR activities closely mirror those regulated under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The main objective of the E-PRTR Regulation is to empower EU citizens with environmental data that allows them to make informed participation in environmental decision-making on the EU’s largest (agro-)industrial activities.