IMPEL projects

  • 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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  • SPIDER WEB: Strategic Project to Increase the Detection and Disruption of Environmental Crime in the Western Balkans

    SPIDER WEB is jointly financed by the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany on the basis of a grant agreement with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH) within the IPA/2017 Countering Serious Crime in the Western Balkans Project. For your easy reference, please see the SPIDER WEB updates below:

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  • IMPEL’s Network Conference 2018

    After 2 consecutive years of organising EU networks conferences (2016 Utrecht and 2017 Oxford), IMPEL recognised the need holding a dedicated conference on the work, progress and way forward of the network, the 5 expert teams and their members; especially in relation to the Environmental Compliance Assurance Initiative by the European Commission.

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  • Assess the use of Copernicus Satellite images in environmental and nature conservation inspections and their evidential value

    Environmental law enforcement may be supported by highly updated and valuable geographic information, gathering, storing, managing and assisting the field activities. However, still uncertain are the methods, institutional use and the legal application of these tools for the environmental and land use analysis. Therefore, this project aims to identify the potential users of these remote sensing data, based on Copernicus services and understand how this information can support the environmental and nature conservation inspections inspection activities within the specificity of each IMPEL members involved and how it has already been applied and can be applied in the future, considering main procedures, methods, (open) access to such procedures and methods and legal constrains (concerning geo-spatial evidence appliance in different countries legal background).

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  • Consideration of Human Health through IPPC

    This project was undertaken to prepare a report on how human health effects are taken into account in the various stages involved in permitting within the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive. By considering the current varied approaches of Member States to this issue a good practice guide has been developed. This guide will assist Member States by identifying common principles and procedures which they can consider in their implementation of the IPPC Directive. IPPC provides a stronger emphasis than any earlier legislation on protecting human health through environmental regulation. The project identified that in most European Member States (MS) the responsibilities for health protection and environmental protection do not rest with the same body. Implementing IPPC is therefore challenging and requires significant co-operation.

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  • INSPECTAN: Environmental Inspection Guidelines for the Tanning Industry

    The present report originates from the results of a questionnaire, discussed in meetings held over the interval October 2004 – June 2005. The discussion concentrated on the economics; the production processes; laws and regulations; inspection procedures. The report is conceived as a tool for the public bodies involved in controls and in monitoring activities on the tanning industry. To this end it collates the experiences of several European contexts of the leather and tanning industry.

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  • Implementation and use of BREFs

    The main objective of this IMPEL project has been to undertake an information exchange about real BREF use and BAT implementation, between IMPEL members and operational authorities in charge in the Member States of BREF diffusion and BAT implementation.

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  • TFS Seaport project I-II

    The aim of these projects was the improvement of the European enforcement of waste shipment regulation as laid down in EU Regulation 259/93 and the Basel convention, by improved cooperation between the enforcement authorities.

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  • Verification of Waste Destinations

    The project aimed to increase cooperation and information exchange on the verification of waste destinations within the framework of EU Regulation 259/93 (Waste Shipment Regulation WSR) on the supervision and control of waste shipments, by performing inspections in the participating countries and follow the waste streams to their final destination.

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