IMPEL projects

  • Criteria for the Assessment of the Environmental Damage (CAED)

    The project aims to define criteria for the assessment of the environmental damage and imminent threat of damage and build technical and procedural capacity in screening cases and determination of clues and evidence of environmental damage and threat of damage under Environmental Liability Directive caused by environmental incidents, violations, eco-criminal acts.

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  • National Peer Review Initiative (NPRI)

    The project aims at setting the basis for the development of autonomous Peer Review activities in National Networks of Environmental Authorities and Agencies. It can be used as an instrument to improve own performances through dialog, collaborative confrontation and sharing of good practices among the peers belonging to the same network.

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  • WEEE Article 17 Free-riders Project

    According to the WEEE directive 2012/19/EU (respectively the implemented national law: e.g. ElektroG in Germany) every producer of electrical and electronic equipment has to be registered in the national register (Germany: stiftung elektro-altgeräte register) to ensure that they will fulfil their responsibilities, when their sold products become waste (e.g. WEEE).

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  • Capacity Building and Training

    In the last several years IMPEL and the European Commission have issued their positions concerning capacity building and consequently different IMPEL projects are now taking the initiative to develop their ideas on how to support its members in implementing the products that they deliver.

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  • End of Life of Ships

    In 2017, 65% of ships/vessels worldwide were sold to South-Asian beaching yards for dismantling (e.g. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) which translates into significant environmental and health impacts, especially if it is taken into account that those vessels amounted 80% gross tonnage of all dismantled ships beached in 2017. The illegal export of ships for beaching in South Asia is still going on, as well as the circumvention of the waste shipment and ship recycling regulations. Bangladesh, India and Pakistan amounting almost 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally in 2019, and some of these ships has been either exported illegally from Europe, or “legally” by circumvention of the regulations.

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  • Broadening IMPEL membership

    The volume of guidance materials produced, workshops and best practice seminars carried out makes IMPEL the leading network for public sector practitioners on environmental law in Europe. Nevertheless, there are currently issues with respect to fairness, representation and infiltration within IMPEL’s existing membership profile.

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  • Management of Mining Waste

    Mining activity has always been a source of raw materials for man but at the same time has generated many environmental problems. Huge quantities of extractive waste, often abandoned, are sources of pollution and areas of geotechnical and hydrogeological instability. Nowadays, after numerous accidents involving mining activities, the European Commission adopted the Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries (known as Mining Directive) that amended Directive 2004/35/EC.

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