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Project description and aims
More than 15 years after the emanation of several major Directives, including the Water Framework Directive (WFD), Directives on Nitrates, Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, as well as the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) now replaced by the Industrial Emissions Directive, their objectives remain to be fully achieved in many Member States. In particular the implementation of EU legislation on water and land has been identified as one of the top challenges in recent IMPEL research because of some problems at several levels such as: the transposition of EU legislation into national laws; the setting of environmental objectives and plans in Member States; the enforcement of the requirements, for example through permitting and inspection regimes.
The objective of this project is to identify, both from the regulatory that technological point of view, how the water resource is managed today in the industry sector subject to the Integrated Environmental Permitting (IEP) regulation.
The main aim of the project is to compare and share among the IMPEL members the implementation of EU legislation relating to water resources management and protection in industrial installations and activities. New approaches for reducing fresh water consumption and over-abstraction of water are to be identified, enhancing water reuse through process analysis, water balance and utilities optimization.
This project is also focused on the implementation of innovative technologies for industrial water treatment able to provide energy saving, sludge production minimization and re-use of treated waste waters, allowing to respect the required discharge limits.
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