WIT Press


Local-Best Available Techniques: A Standard Broad Performance Assessment Methodology Under Best Available Techniques

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP090522

Volume

120

Pages

10

Page Range

559 - 568

Published

2009

Size

311 kb

Author(s)

A. Cikankowitz & V. Laforest

Abstract

The implementation of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive mandates that industries use techniques that have the same effectiveness as Best Available Techniques (BAT). BAT represents the combination of technical processes and management practices with overall positive environmental and cost benefits. Article 13 of the IPPC directive is about the revision for initial permit conditions. To comply, industries should adopt a rigorous approach to justify to the authorities that all of their existing techniques are equivalent to BAT environmental performances. This analysis must be done technique by technique. For this, technical guides have been established at the European level: the BREF. Unfortunately, these documents are not easy to use or particularly clear. Therefore, the aim of this research project is to develop an environmental performance process assessment methodology in order to compare and then validate in house processes as BAT. Our methodology will be tested on wastewater treatment processes for metal finishing sectors. This decision making tool emphasizes the cross media effects and thus corresponds to an integrated approach for the IPPC directive. Keywords: IPPC directive, Best Available Techniques (BAT), environmental performances assessment, environmental and cost benefits, metal finishing industry.

Keywords

IPPC directive, Best Available Techniques (BAT), environmental performances assessment, environmental and cost benefits, metal finishing industry.