Subcategories Project status:
The Application of General Binding Rules in the Implementation of the IPPC Directive
- Number: 2000/06
- Status: Finalised
- Period: 2000
- Lead Country: UK
Project team countries:
Article 9(8) of the IPPC Directive allows for Member States to use GBRs in place of certain aspects of installation specific permits, as long as the integrated approach is maintained and an equivalent high level of environmental protection is ensured. However, the Directive does not provide a definition of a GBR. This project consisted of a series of meetings and a final seminar which debated issues and reached tentative conclusions.
The following conclusions were made:
Three possible alternatives were noted:
- A statutory set of standard conditions applying to the entire operation of an installation;
- A statutory set of standard conditions applying to one or more aspects of the operation of an installation;
- A statutory set of minimum conditions established at a national level and binding on regional regulators.
The need for ensuring an equivalent high level of environmental protection means that GBRs cannot be used where there are particular local environmental sensitivities which can only be assessed using individual BAT determinations.
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