Updated European Commission Reference Document on Monitoring of Emissions to Air and Water from IED Installations

The European Commission (EC) has published the final draft reference document for Monitoring of Emissions to Air and Water from those installations covered by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The IED is transposed into legislation in England and Wales by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, via the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 in Scotland and Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 for Northern Ireland.

The European Commission (EC) publishes information on Best Available Techniques (BAT) to applicable industries/activities, which is contained in the BAT Reference Documents (BREFs). These BREF documents form a key reference points used to demonstrate BAT (the BAT conclusions in each BREF) and the resulting environmental permits for all installations covered by the IED.

The final draft of the Reference Document on Monitoring of Emissions to Air and Water from IED Installations is a cross industry reference document used to support the industry specific BREFs, providing guidance on monitoring requirements of industrial emissions at source. Once finalised it will replace the current Reference Document on the General Principles of Monitoring (2003).

The Reference Document addresses general principles and other relevant aspects concerning the monitoring of emissions and associated parameters that are the basis for deciding on the monitoring approach and frequency, as well as on the gathering, treatment and reporting of monitoring data. The document aims to promote the accuracy, reliability, representativeness and comparability of monitoring data from all industrial installations.

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