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Most of the work within IMPEL is done through projects. On this page all IMPEL projects can be found, including a link to the related documents. To start, use the menu on the left sidebar to modify your search.

Building up IMPEL nature conservation capacities

  • Number: 2013/17
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
This project aims to develop capacity within IMPEL and to join forces with other networks to stimulate the inspection and enforcement of the Nature directives. Objectives of the project include:
  1. Mapping of existing EU networks related to the promotion of implementation (e.g. EU Habitats and Ornis committees, ENCA-European Network of Nature conservation Agencies, Europol …)
  2. The level of implementation and enforcement of the Habitats and Birds Directives within these organisations...

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  • Lead Country:
  • Czech Republic

Achieving better compliance in the agricultural sector through networking and partnership working of environmental and agricultural inspectorates

  • Number: 2013/16
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
The European Commission identified this project area as a priority to IMPEL during a joint meeting in Brussels on 14/09/12.  They highlighted that there are poor levels of compliance with the Water Framework Directive (diffuse pollution & illegal abstraction) and the Nitrates Directive and that a gap has been identified between “environmental” and “agricultural” inspectorates. As a result they wished to see enhanced networking of different regulatory agencies to achieve higher levels...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Denmark and UK (Scotland)

Compliance assurance through company compliance management systems, phase 2

  • Number: 2013/15
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
In many countries industrial companies are supervised by authorities who regularly carry out site inspections and perform other “traditional” compliance checks like assessing emissions reports. But how effective and efficient are these output oriented supervision activities in terms of achieving good compliance with environmental regulation or even environmental performance beyond compliance? Bigger (multinational) companies who have internal environmental and safety management systems in place...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands

Using supply chains to reduce environmental impact

  • Number: 2013/14
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
There is increasing interest in European Union member states in using complementary interventions alongside traditional methods such as environmental inspections to improve the implementation and compliance of environmental legislation and deliver better environmental outcomes. In 2011 IMPEL carried out a project to explore the use and effectiveness of complementary approaches to inspections for ensuring compliance. This project identified the most commonly used approaches in IMPEL members states...
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  • Lead Country:
  • UK (England & Wales)

Choosing Appropriate Interventions, phase 2

  • Number: 2013/13
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
In March 2012, the EC issued a communication on improving the delivery of environment measures (COM (2012) 95) which highlights the use of complementary approaches to inspections.  It will also support improvements in inspection regimes and contribute towards closing important information gaps on compliance.  All of which are raised in the Commission’s Communication on Improving Implementation as key to ensuring improvements in the implementation of EU Environment Legislation. In 2012, this...
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  • Lead Country:
  • UK (England & Wales)

Cross cutting the Environmental Inspection Cycle

  • Number: 2013/12
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
Since the development of the step-by-step guidance book many IMPEL projects has been executed and a good number of tools, methodologies, procedures, good practice and other information has been developed and collected. The reports of these projects are stored on the IMPEL website. In practice we see that all developed tools, methodologies, procedures and information are somehow related to each other and related to the Environmental Inspection Cycle however this connection is not always clear because...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Netherlands

Linking the Water Framework and IPPC/IE Directives, phase 3

  • Number: 2013/11
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
The IPPC Directive 2008/1/EC (now IED 2010/75/EU) and Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC are two of the most wide-reaching items of EU environmental law. They have presented many challenges to the Member States. Installations regulated under IPPC may impact on the water environment, such as through direct or indirect discharges of pollutants, water abstraction, etc. IPPC requires installations to operate to conditions in permits compliant with Best Available Techniques (BAT). They are also required...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Austria

Nature protection in permitting and inspection of industrial installations

  • Number: 2013/10
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
The IED Directive lays down rules on integrated prevention and control of pollution arising from industrial activities. It also lays down rules to achieve a high level of protection of the environment as a whole. The focus is mainly on industrial emissions. The link between permitting activities and Natura 2000 sites is defined in Article 6 of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora. According to Article 6 par. 3: Any plan or project not directly...
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  • Lead Country:
  • Germany

Exploring the links between the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and the REACH Regulation

  • Number: 2013/09
  • Status: Running
  • Period: 2013
This project will explore the following question: How do obligations from REACH Regulation interfere with IED statutory duties concerning permitting and inspection?
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  • Lead Country:
  • Germany

Environmental inspections of industrial installations in accordance with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) – Drawing up of IRAM related inspection programmes

  • Number: 2013/08
  • Status: Finalised
  • Period: 2013
On 6 January 2011 the Industrial Emissions Directive entered into force, and its provisions listed in Article 80(1) have to be transposed into national law within two years. The IED sets new requirements on the inspection of industrial installations as described in Article 23 of the Directive. The obligations on routine environmental inspections constitute a new challenge for the EU member states.
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  • Lead Country:
  • Germany and UK (Scotland)