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How to compare industrial techniques to Best Available Techniques?


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.

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emse-00358517 , version 1 (03-02-2009)



Anne Cikankowitz, Valérie Laforest. How to compare industrial techniques to Best Available Techniques?. Fourth International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment, Jun 2008, Granada, Spain. 10p, ⟨10.2495/WM080721⟩. ⟨emse-00358517⟩
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