The EU has an ambitious agenda in the field of ambient air policy, which directly affects the IMA Europe members having stack emissions, such as the EU lime industry.
INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS DIRECTIVE (IED)
Several of IMA Europe’s members’ activities, such as lime production, PCC (Precipitate Calcium Carbonate) production and other activities which involve combustion/heating, fall within the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). This directive replaces the Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), and introduces new conditions for obtaining an environmental permit to operate. IMA Europe takes part in the discussions on reference documents with best available techniques (BREFs) which are developed in the framework of the IED under the lead of the European IPPC Bureau.
NATIONAL EMISSION CEILINGS DIRECTIVE (NECD)
By signing the international Gothenburg Protocol, all EU Member States committed to reduce sulphur emissions by at least 59%, NOx emissions by 42%, VOC emissions by 28%, ammonia emissions by 6%, and particulate matter (PM 2.5) emissions by 22%, compared to emission levels in 2005. This commitment will certainly influence the ongoing revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD). The Directive sets upper limits for each EU Member State for the total emissions in 2010 of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and ammonia.
AIR QUALITY DIRECTIVE (CAFE)
The Air Quality Directive (CAFE) is a cornerstone of EU’s ambient air policy. It contains a number of objectives and common methodologies for assessing (non-occupational) ambient air quality. The Directive refers to several relevant standards. These standards with reference methods for the different pollutants are discussed within CEN/TC264 on “Air Quality”. Note that CEN/TC264 does not set limit values for different pollutants, nor does it focus on the workplace. Several IMA Europe members are involved in the activities of CEN/TC264.
EUROPEAN POLLUTANT RELEASE AND TRANSFER REGISTER (E-PRTR)
The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is a Europe-wide register that provides key environmental data from industrial installations in the EU.