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IMPEL projects

  • REMAS – IMPEL Requirements of Remas Criteria

    This report has been produced to incorporate IMPEL’s views within the Remas project, and in with particular reference to the development of the ‘Remas Criteria’. The Remas project is co-funded by the EU LIFE-Environment programme, the UK Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The project aims to reach a consensus on the value of independently certified environmental management system (EMS) to the environmental regulator, and to identify which voluntary compliance measures most effectively protect the environment and why. The ‘Remas Criteria’ are defined as those elements of an EMS that are considered to be key to improving environmental performance and aiding regulation.

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  • Benchmarking on Quality Parameters for Environmental Inspectorates

    The project aimed at identifying and defining clear, transparent and comparable quality parameters for environmental inspectorates, thereby giving the inspectorates the possibility to compare and learn from each other. Further, the project discussed how the quality parameters found suitable can be used and exploited.

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  • The use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

    The objective of this project is to exchange information on the implementation of the VOC directive between experts and/or inspectors. During an IMPEL-workshop, information about VOC-regulations in the Directive and some national laws were presented to the participants. The main focus was the discussion of the prepared case studies in small working groups, which consisted of between 8 and 16 members each. The main results were:

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  • Emission trading

    The objectives of this work on emissions trading (phase I – III), were to pull together the various regulators and bodies involved with implementation and understand any differences in approach and any impact that might have on the functioning of the scheme. Wherever possible this should lead to harmonisation of operational practices and therefore a harmonisation of the operation of the scheme.

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  • Practical Application of Better Regulation Principles in Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Environmental Inspection Authorities

    This IMPEL project aimed to provide practical solutions and share good practice among environmental inspection authorities in Europe on initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of regulatory activities such as permitting and inspection. The benefits of the project were to:

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  • Reporting to the public

    The objective of the project was to identify what core information on environmental inspections carried out should be provided to the public and how this information can best be provided, especially via electronic means (Internet), and to give recommendations. The project was successful in finding out what information is made available to the public and in what form it is available.

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  • INSPECT-CEM – Enviromental Inspection Guidelines for the Cement Clinker Industry

    Cement production process is a complex industrial activity that can potentially affects environment with high impacts. Facing different experiences and know-hows demonstrated that monitoring only stack emissions cannot be an efficient control strategy; it’s important to implement an integrated control action that takes into account also production process and technologies adopted, as a stable and controlled process conduction is the first guarantee of compliance assurance.

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  • Transfrontier shipments of E-waste

    Practicability and Enforceability of the WEEE Recast Proposal (2009) IMPEL previously developed a checklist to examine the practicability and enforceability (P&E) issues of proposed and existing environmental law. In December 2008 the Commission adopted a Recast Proposal for the WEEE Directive. This report describes an assessment of the P&E issues arising from the proposal based on the IMPEL checklist. The report presents a synthesis of the results of the questionnaire responses and workshop discussions and highlights a wide range of P&E issues.

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  • Common Regulatory Frameworks in Member States – Comparison Project

    Better regulation initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness whilst maintaining or improving levels of environment protection are increasingly being used by environmental inspectorates in Member States often in response to challenges such as limited resources and increasing pressures on the environment.

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  • EU – Africa collaboration

    In February 2008 IMPEL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC). Within the framework of this MoU, IMPEL TFS and the SBC agreed to collaborate on component 4 of the SBC’s E-wastes to Africa project. This project, launched in 2009 aims to equip West Africa and other African countries to be able to tackle the growing problem of e-waste import coming from industrialized countries and thereby protect the health of citizens. The project has 4 components:

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