Revision of Waste Treatment Industries BREF Document – What are the implications for MBT Operators?

The European BREF documents describe the best available techniques for lowemission operation of industrial installations which also include waste treatment plants. These must be observed in setting permit conditions for plants and constitute a major element of the permitting process. Due to the ongoing progress in technology development, the BREF documents must be reviewed for currency on a regular basis and updated, if necessary. This paper describes the updating process focusing on the German contribution to the mechanical-biological treatment technology area.

The European BREF documents (Best Available Technique Reference Documents) describe the Best Available Techniques (BAT) for low-emission operation of industrial plants which also include waste treatment plants. The definition of the best available techniques in terms of the BREFs is similar to that of the German term state of the art.
The legal basis is the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (IED Directive) which replaced the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive of 15 January 2008 (IPPC Directive) with effect from 2010.
With the adoption of the IED Directive, the BREF Documents have been gaining increased legal weight. They must be observed in setting permit conditions and constitute a major element of the permitting process. Due to the ongoing progress in technology development, the BREF Documents must be reviewed for currency on a regular basis and revised, if necessary. The current (original) Waste Treatment Industries BREF was published in 2006 so that the underlying data date even further back.
The review process for the BREF Document is scheduled to start in 2012. In preparation of the revision process, documents describing the technical state of the art of German waste treatment plants are currently being developed on behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency.



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Quelle: 9. Recyclingtage 2012 (September 2012)
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Autor: Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kühle-Weidemeier

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