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Ask The Expert: A Frank Conversation about IED Compliance

Frank Wayman

09 Feb 21


Dr. Frank Wayman PhD is Technical and Innovation Manager for Alpheus, in our Technical and Engineering Team.  He has a background in biochemistry and chemical engineering, with a fermentation-based PhD. He has worked in the water treatment sector for the last 14 years and is based on the site of our oldest, most prestigious clients, at one of Europe’s largest pharmaceutical penicillin processing plants in Scotland.

Frank is also a member of the UK delegation to the Combined WasteWater and Waste Gas (CWW) BREF (Best Available Techniques Reference Document) Technical Working Group. As a cross-sector BREF, CWW sets the style and form for many aspects of sector-specific BREF documents, such as Food, Drink and Milk.

We sat down with Frank to get his expert view on the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).


What action should clients take now to ensure compliance with the IED?

“Don’t be complacent. Project work has become more difficult to progress since the start of the pandemic and many engineering contractors have a backlog of work. In addition to this, some of the uncertainty around the legal position has led to delays in organisations investing the necessary time and people in determining their compliance strategy, leading to a pinch on resources”.


What about Brexit?

In order to restrict free movement from the EU, the UK government had to make a large number of concessions in order to secure a free trade relationship. The detail is in the full text of the Free Trade and Cooperation agreement, but the take home message is that the UK has agreed the principle of “non-regression” with regard to many areas of regulation, including the environment. In other words, pieces of EU legislation that the UK has already signed up to, like the Industrial Emissions Directive, must remain in place, as will the timetable for compliance and future targets.

It doesn’t end there, either. With the COP29 UN Climate Change Conference coming to Glasgow at the end of the year, the UK government is keen to set ambitious targets for environmental regulation, which is popular with consumers and voters alike. So, Brexit or not, increased environmental compliance is now a business necessity”.


What if someone thinks their site is a special case?

The compliance clock is ticking. If any business feels that they have specific arguments for a derogation from part of the IED regulations, or that additional time for compliance is justified, they must engage with their environmental regulator now.

The legislation is new and many site inspectors do not have a good grasp of how the rules can be applied; consultancy support from Alpheus has already provided valuable technical arguments for derogations for large industrial O&M clients”.


How can Alpheus help?

“Alpheus take the approach of providing bespoke O&M solutions, tailored to the client in every case. When it comes to improvement projects, we don’t have a portfolio of expensive patents and trademarks that we need to monetise, so we can simply pick the best solution from the marketplace. We believe that the most important priority is to get a thorough understanding of a client’s business and waste streams in order to determine the optimal treatment technique for them”.


For more support on adapting to ensure compliance with the IED, please contact: Jonathan Mann via: or call him on: 07964 207338


Alpheus also has a range of e-books available on the IED, which are free to download.


Our next ‘Ask The Expert’ blog will be out on Tuesday 23rd February.

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