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European standards supporting monitoring of industrial emissions

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European and International standards support (once again) the implementation of the Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions and associated Commission Implementing Decision. See: https://genorma.com/en/commission-implementing-decision-eu-2021-2326-of-30-november-2021-establishing-best-available-techniques-bat-conclusions-under-directive-2010-75-eu-on-industrial-emissions-for-large-combustion-plants_p10092.html

European and International standards support the reduction of environmental impacts of industrial activity in Europe. Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/2326 of 30 November 2021 establishing best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for large combustion plants, refer to standards to support their regulatory objectives. This implementing decision concerns the following activities specified in Annex I to Directive 2010/75/EU:
β€” 1.1: Combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input of 50 MW or more, only when this activity takes place in combustion plants with a total rated thermal input of 50 MW or more.
β€” 1.4: Gasification of coal or other fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input of 20 MW or more, only when this activity is directly associated with a combustion plant.
β€” 5.2: Disposal or recovery of waste in waste co-incineration plants for non-hazardous waste with a capacity exceeding 3 tonnes per hour or for hazardous waste with a capacity exceeding 10 tonnes per day, only when this activity takes place in combustion plants covered under 1.1 above.

Best available techniques (#BAT) conclusions are the reference for setting permit conditions for installations covered by Chapter II of Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control). In the context of this Directive, competent authorities have to set emission limit values that ensure that emissions do not exceed the emission levels associated with the BAT techniques.

Some of the Best Available Techniques as mentioned in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/2326 rely on the application of European and/or international standards. Some of the references are well defined but some of the references are too generic.

And the Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1442, which was annulled by the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Case T-699/17, also relied on European and International standards.

Two main CEN technical committees are developing standards in support of the EC Implementing Decision:
– CEN/TC 230 – Water analysis.
– CEN/TC 264 – Air quality.

In addition, ISO is also developing standards applicable to monitoring and characterisation of emissions, such as:

  • ISO/TC 146 (Air quality), and
  • ISO/TC 147 (Water quality).

European and international standards support and will continue to support the monitoring, control and reduction of emissions:


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