IMPEL projects

  • 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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  • Waste & TFS Conferences

    Many projects and activities of the Waste and TFS Expert Team are based on the European Waste Shipment Regulation (EC) Nº 1013/2006 (WSR). Being a Regulation and including a cross-border aspect, it is of high importance to have an active and practical European network of inspectors and regulators that meet on a regular basis to exchange practical experiences. Not only environmental inspectors, but also Customs and Police officers and the Judiciary. Ongoing IMPEL-TFS projects continue to show the need for establishing and above all maintaining good and practical collaboration between Member States, third countries and relevant international organisations.

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  • Use of technology in regulation

    All inspectorates are required to be as efficient and effective as possible whilst still offering existing or even expanded services. Recent IMPEL Review Initiatives have yielded information on various technological advances being made by regulatory agencies within Europe. This mini conference intends to share the learning of not only what is out there but also the back story of the pitfalls/costs of development & teething issues that lead to the finished product. This is not about sharing minimum criteria more the art of the possible and how to get there as efficiently as possible.

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  • Supporting IED Implementation

    The project aims to share knowledge and good practices among regulatory professionals and developing guidance and training materials to support the effective implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Specific outcomes of the project over the next four years (2021-2024) will be:

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  • Waste management and Circular Economy (previous Landfill Inspections Project series)

    This project builds on the results and products from the previous landfill projects and is moving through the waste hierarchy steps, in order to promote Eco-innovation and Circular Economy and create a level playing field and common understanding of the key points of the Waste Framework Directive in permitting and inspection processes.

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  • Onshore Oil and Gas Regulation

    The intense public debate on the shale gas industry has brought the spotlight on the whole onshore oil and gas industry, how it is regulated and what is considered best practice for the industry. The EU regulatory framework has recently been assessed by the European Commission (EC), which published a ‘Recommendation’ for minimum principles for the extraction of hydrocarbons (including shale gas) using hydraulic fracturing, with the intension to review its implementation in August 2015. However, this work did not look at the existing practices of the onshore oil and gas industry.

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  • Environmental incident and emergency response

    There is a diversity of national laws and regulations requiring operators to put in place plans and arrangements to prevent, respond to, and remediate environmental damage as a result of natural and technological incidents. Environment Protection Agencies also operate under a variety of duties and requirements to help operators prevent incidents, and to plan and execute incident and emergency response. This diversity of duties and requirements is likely to have resulted in inconsistent arrangements to prevent, and respond to, environmental incidents.

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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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  • Seminar series on ‘Lessons learnt from industrial accidents’

    Data collection and analysis concerning industrial accidents is necessary in order to prevent new accidents. Inspectors need to have illustrations of accidental situations, in order to understand what happened indeed and which measures were finally taken in such situations.

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  • Implementation of the WEEE Directive

    Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. WEEE contains a complex mixture of materials and components, which are also partly hazardous. Not properly managed WEEE can cause major environmental and health problems. Also, the production of electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources.

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