WIT Press


How To Compare Industrial Techniques To Best Available Techniques?

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WM080721

Volume

109

Pages

10

Page Range

707 - 716

Published

2008

Size

332 kb

Author(s)

A. Cikankowitz & V. Laforest

Abstract

In order to reach an adequate level of environmental protection, the European Union has defined a set of common rules, in the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive, based on Best Available Techniques (BAT) for many pollutant installations. However, there is a problem: the IPPC does not suggest a way to meet BAT requirements for individual industrial units. Therefore, this paper presents the development of our environmental performance assessment methodology in order to transpose and facilitate the implementation of the IPPC directive locally. The approach offers a method to verify overall if an industrial installation conforms with BAT. This methodology is participatory and created with the advice of both industrial (from the metal finishing sector) and governmental (local, regional and national) representatives. This cognitive aid is designed to be updatable to deal with future regulatory and technical change. The participative approach plans to establish a decision support tool that is user friendly, effective and representative of the context involved. Finally, the case study is ongoing in the metal finishing sector. Keywords: Best Available Techniques (BAT), environmental performances, assessment methodology, IPPC directive, metal finishing. 1 Introduction Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in Europe. Therefore, the European Union has a set of common rules for the issue of permits and monitoring industrial installations in its Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive. According to the French

Keywords

Best Available Techniques (BAT), environmental performances, assessment methodology, IPPC directive, metal finishing.