IMPEL officially launched the first combined online guidance for Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) permitting and inspections entitled “Doing the Right Things (IED) Combined Guidance”. This guidance is the result of the joint work and cooperation between the following IMPEL projects: “Doing the Right Thing for Environmental Permitting” and “Supporting IED Implementation”.
The main structure of the guidance consists of the following 4 parts:
- Legislation – it contains the general obligations from the Industrial Emissions Directive and is written for the policy makers.
- Permitting process – it contains a strategic, general and operational steps and is written for the permit writer/officer and his or her management.
- Inspection process – this part also contains a strategic, general and operational steps and is written for the inspector and his or her management.
- Evaluation and feedback – it focuses’ on the legislative process and its implementation and is written for the all target groups mentioned above.
The main structure of the guidance can be navigated on the online guidance and is known as the “Regulatory Cycle”. This cycle is used to assist government agencies in charge of regulating the impacts in the environment and to possibly develop (new) strategies. It helps them to work systematically towards a permitting compliance and enforcement programme that will include structured feedback.
One of this guidance’s features are the factsheets that it embodies on a range of permitting and inspection issues (e.g. baseline report, derogations, applying BAT, risk assessment, inspection plan, impact criteria) that aim to support the permit writer and the inspector carrying out their tasks while levelling the playing field between Member States at the same time.
This guidance is to be seen as a “living document” whose factsheets will be updated in the near future with inputs from the different working groups in the Supporting IED Implementation project. Training sessions using this guidance will happen in the foreseeable future linking it with the Capacity Building and Training project that is underway and including it in the training toolkit.