In the European Union, Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (the Industrial Emissions Directive or IED) is the main instrument regulating pollutant emissions from industrial installations. The IED was based on a Commission proposal recasting 7 previously existing Directives (including in particular the IPPC Directive).  The IED entered into force in January 2011 and has been transposed in the UK via the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Act.

The IED aims to achieve a high level of protection of human health and the environment taken as a whole by reducing harmful industrial emissions across the EU, in particular through better application of Best Available Techniques (BAT). The IED requires that sector-specific ‘BAT conclusions’ are the reference for setting permit conditions. For certain activities, i.e. large combustion plants, waste incineration and co-incineration plants, solvent using activities and titanium dioxide production, the IED also sets EU wide emission limit values for selected pollutants.

Regulators of the PPC Act include the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Scottish Environment Agency and UK local authorities, who administer applications and issue Permits.

Royal HaskoningDHV specialises in process emissions, energy management, air pollutant releases, noise and effluent modelling, waste and EMS and its team of experts in this field understand the regulatory constraints on industry as well as the requirements of the regulators.  We work together with both regulators and organisations seeking permissions, to ensure procedures run smoothly and effectively. 

Our environmental permitting team offers support and guidance in the following areas:

  • legislation, policy and compliance
  • investigation & preparation of site condition reports 
  • site protection & monitoring plans 
  • BAT and BPEO assessments 
  • environmental management systems 
  • emissions inventory compilation 
  • atmospheric dispersion modelling for environmental & safety studies including AERMOD, ADMS, ISC, and others 
  • assessment and control of odour 
  • noise & vibration monitoring and impact assessment 
  • energy efficiency assessment 
  • waste and raw material efficiency 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 
  • operator & pollution risk appraisal (OPRA) 
  • installation decommissioning 
  • accidental release study & prevention 
  • emission monitoring
  • process & facility permit variations