Are you ready for IED?

Permitting and Regulations Team Services
IED came into force on 06/01/2011 to deliver the following objectives:

  • Recast seven existing directives (Waste Incineration Directive, Large Combustion Plant Directive, Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive, the Solvent Emissions Directive and three directives concerning titanium dioxide to simplify and clarify the existing provisions; and
  • To achieve significant benefits to the environment and human health through better application of Best Available Techniques (BAT) by avoiding or minimising polluting emissions in the atmosphere, water and soil and avoiding or minimising the generation of waste from industrial and agricultural installations.

So what’s new?

For the majority of installations which were previously regulated under the IPPC Directive, the changes are evolutionary and comprise a tightening of the existing principals. The main differences are outlined below:

  • Development of sector-based BAT conclusions documents;
  • Greater emphasis on applying BAT and emissions limits applied to each industry sector aims to reduce the impact of industry on the environment but I also likely to lead to increased operating costs;
  • Increased emphasis on the Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREF) notes;
  • Mandatory regulatory inspection frequency of one visit every 1-3 years depending on risk (Article 23);
  • Baseline condition report is required to be submitted with the Site Condition Report for installations (Article 22);
  • Groundwater and soil monitoring is now required every 5 and 10 years respectively (Article 16);
  • IED introduces new industry sectors into regulation and changes to thresholds means some previously unregulated sites are now regulated.


  • Applies to new installations must comply from 6 January 2013
  • Applies to existing installations (those in existence before 6 January 2013) except large combustion plan from 6 January 2014, subject to timetable provided below;
  • Applies to newly listed permitted activities from 6 July 2015
  • Applies to large combustion already in existence before 6 January 2013 from 1 January 2016.

Each BREF note will be reviewed according to the timetable on think link. Following release of the BAT conclusions document, your permit will be reviewed by the appropriate regulatory body (EA/NRW/SEPA/NIEA) and issued within four years. This means that your organisation will need to meet the requirements of the IED (including specific requirements outlined in the BAT conclusions document) before this date.

Preparing for IED

We recommend that you:

  • Identify and confirm which BAT reference document (BREF) and associated BAT conclusions document applies to your business. Please refer to recent presentations on our website for information relating to sites where there are multiple activities and other scenarios which make determining the appropriate industry sector challenging.
  • Agree this with your local Regulatory Officer at the earliest opportunity
  • Review your operations to identify any activities which do not represent current BAT standards, as detailed in the appropriate BREF note. Consider whether you will need to apply for a derogation from any emission limit value (as permitted by Article 15 (4) of the IED).

How can Enzygo help your business?

  • Carry out gap analysis to identify where investment may be required to meet IED;
  • Adapt and develop environmental policies and environmental management systems to meet IED requirements;
  • Complete Regulation 60 notice response and submit to the appropriate regulatory body;
  • Identify and support cases where derogations from emission limit values may be required.

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