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The Industrial Emissions Directive is changing – and it affects your sector

Frank Wayman

07 Oct 19


The Industrial Emissions Directive has been updated. Producers must become compliant with new environmental responsibilities and updated emissions targets. We summarise what that means for your industry below along with links to each of our eBooks, packed full of information for each sector.

Brewing and Drinks

Chemical Sector

Food and Dairy

What do the new regulations entail?

As part of the updates to the IED, a series of BREF documents have been drafted (Best Available Techniques Reference Document). These documents outline acceptable working practices for different types of manufacturers and producers while regulating industrial processes and specifying emissions limits for discharges to the environment.

The regulatory updates may require you to adopt new processes or invest in new technologies to ensure your production activities are compliant. You can also expect regulators to be more interested in your manufacturing processes, rather than just your output.

What about Brexit? The UK’s departure from the EU doesn’t invalidate any updates to IED. The directive is already enacted into UK law, and all UK political parties have pledged to maintain the current European standards of environmental regulation.

How do the new regulations affect your sector?

The updated emissions limits and acceptable working practices differ according to 1) what type of manufacturer or producer you are, 2) what you are producing, and 3) how much of it you are producing.

Below, we have created bite-sized sector guides, which will tell you all you need to know about how the changes will affect your industry. Follow the links to access the guides free of charge.

Brewing and Drinks

The BREF will impact most heavily large beverage manufacturers who are producing more than one million hectolitres per year. However, medium-sized producers could realise significant cost-saving benefits by adopting the BREF benchmarks.


Chlor-alkali and large volume organic chemical installations are under pressure to become compliant with BREF limits by the end of 2021. Other processes in the chemical sector are expected to have until four years after the publication of the WGC BREF or LVIC BREF.

Food and dairy

Again, the BREF document will affect food producers in different ways. For example, some guidelines are dependent on the meat content of your products. In general terms, those who produce foodstuffs with animal-sourced ingredients have lower emissions thresholds than non-meat food producers.

How can we help?

In short: we can determine whether or not your current processes will be compliant. For any non-compliant processes, we can demonstrate how to bring them into compliance in the most cost-effective way. We also go beyond compliance and can address how to fulfil your regulatory obligations while trimming your bottom line and operational costs. Finally, we can liaise with regulators and help you take steps to apply for a new permit or variation of your existing permit conditions.

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