IMPEL projects

  • Exploring the Use and Effectiveness of Complementary Approaches to Environmental Inspection for Ensuring Compliance

    Complementary approaches provide a very useful contribution to the toolkit of regulators in implementing environmental law and achieving environmental outcomes. They are defined as actions which are used in addition to environmental inspections to help achieve aims such as compliance. Some examples of complementary approaches to environmental inspections are:

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  • IMPEL – Asia collaboration

    Members of the IMPEL TFS Steering Committee annually attend workshops of the Asia Network on the Prevention of Illegally Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN).

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  • Comparison of methodologies used for the environmental administrative fine calculation

    Administrative fines are available to almost all of the replied countries. Having as starting point that the development and the present status of the relevant administrative legislative frame varies, significantly among EU MS, administrative fines are applied with deviated rationale and methodology.

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  • Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference

    Building on the momentum generated by the very successful 2016 Networks Conference that took place in Utrecht 12-13 May , this Terms of Reference sets out a plan to go further in the development of partnerships established with the networks of Judges (EU FJE), Prosecutors (ENPE) and Police (ENVI CrimeNet).

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  • Regulatory Strategy mini-conference

    It has been identified in various IMPEL Review Initiatives (IRIs) that many organisations fail to clearly articulate their overarching regulatory strategy such that all regulatory work can be clearly aligned to. There is also a requirement in Doing the Right Things methodology, to set context and aims which should be aligned to the regulatory strategy. By understanding what options are available regulators will be able to create/refine/develop their strategy.

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  • Big Data mini-conference

    It has been identified in various IMPEL Review Initiatives (IRIs) that many organisations struggle with the data they hold on regulated sites and the environment. This conference will attempt to share best practice and potential solutions that can be shared to maximise the value of the data we hold.

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  • Water & Land Conferences

    IMPEL has been asked by the European Commission to expand and apply its regulatory capability into the Water & Land Expert Team. Effective water and land resource management (both quality and quantity) relies on good forward planning and delivery based on data, information and professional judgement. It is essential that economic growth in each Member State supports planned sustainable water & Land resource protection and utilization. Futhermore, ECA Initiative, promoted by the European Commission pose new challenges, in particular on point n.5 (Prepare guidance document(s) on good practices in environmental compliance assurance in rural areas (in relation to land and water)) that need to be investigated, discussed, to find out proposals to fulfill the ambitious IMPEL’s further evolution perspective.

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  • River Development Planning

    Many rivers, lakes and streams in the EU are far away from the good water status that they should have reached by December 2015 or should reach at the latest by 2027, according to the EU Water Framework Directive. In Germany, for instance, only 10 % of rivers and streams have a good ecological and chemical status, due to pollution by wastewater, agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, heavy canalization, obstruction by hydro dam barriers, as well as urban sprawl and ground sealing in the catchment areas. In order to reduce and reverse these impacts on water status, it is necessary to assess them in an integrated way and carefully prioritise the necessary measures.

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  • Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) Project

    Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) is a waste fuel produced by shredding an dehydrating solid waste. It mainly consists of combustible components of municipal and industrial waste such as paper, wood and plastics. RDF is transported within the European Union in large quantities and it is used to produce energy and heat.

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  • Comparison Programme on the implementation and enforcement of Air Quality standards in relation to industrial air emissions (PIAQ), phase I – II

    The air quality directive and its daughter directives have been implemented in EU member states in the past years. In 2007, an earlier IMPEL project (with Austria as lead partner) made it possible to exchange expertise in licensing of installations in ambient air polluted zones, based on an inquiry in some member states. A limited scope study in 2009 showed that directives have been implemented in practice in different ways in different IMPEL member states. Contacts between experts in these countries confirmed differences, leading to different air quality management activities with respect to permitting and enforcement of sectors of industries, traffic and shipping. However, not much is known about these different activities and their effects on the air quality itself. We do know, of course, that ambient air quality is effected also by traffic and shipping. This project however was limited to industrial emissions, bearing in mind the core focus of IMPEL and limited time and resources available.

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