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Inter-active handbook for regulators responsible for Industrial Emissions Directive implementation

Members of the IMPEL projects on ‘’the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)’’ and the “Doing the right things in permitting and inspections” project (DTRT) discussed, among other subjects, about how to set up capacity building on the collected good practices. These good practices will be put together into an Inter-active handbook. The first pilot development of an e-learning tool this year will be on risk assessment with the IRAM tool.

Joint inspections on industrial emissions provisions

At the meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 19th-21st of June more than 40 regulators gathered from 23 countries. The already high number of countries that join these projects increased even more. The subjects discussed here are clearly of interest in the Impel community.

Participants IED Implementation meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2018

Ahead of this meeting, four inspectors from Germany, Spain, Poland and Portugal joined an inspection at a soft drink manufacturer in Scotland, UK. Another mutual joined inspection at a cement plant is planned for the meeting in Austria.

During these inspections inspectors from the host country are joined by inspectors from IMPEL member countries to exchange expert views and learn from each other. The results are then compiled and used to improve the inspections.

As mentioned in the last news in April it is intended to start an ‘’Exchange of Inspectors Programme’’. An online questionnaire has been proposed to be able to identify needs and skills within the Impel community. This questionnaire has been approved and will be distributed during this summer among the members of the project.

The SEPA way

A consistent and interesting part of these meetings is a summary on important aspects on how the host organisation, in this case the Scottish Environmental Agency (SEPA), meets its present and future challenges. The one planet prosperity programme of SEPA was very interesting. How do you get companies to go further on the sustainable path? Clear indicators that European cooperation works are the first three SEPA sector plans. The way some other countries already organise this approach was a subject in earlier stages of this project. It was also interesting to see how SEPA deals with derogations on BAT.

How to spread the good practices

Many good practices and examples have been collected and put into a more than 400 page online manual. Using a ‘’stepping stone’’ setup it will be made easy to reach quickly specific guidance in the manual. It was agreed which participants of the IED and DTRT projects will continue to set up some missing facts sheets in the manual. The online manual will be developed in the summer and participants of the projects will test it in the Autumn.

The next phase is to get this knowledge and examples through to the Impel community. Several issues have to be dealt with. For example, how to reach so many regulators in Europe, should it be in all European languages, is e-learning enough, and if not enough, who will and can (time and skills) train, who will maintain the training material etc. These questions will be part of an Impel feasibility study in 2019. In 2018 there will be some pilot training from several Impel projects. From the IED project an e-learninig tool will be developed with the help of the Italian regonal environment agency ISPRA.

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