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elni-VMR-VVOR-congress 2010

"Talking about the environmental effects of industrial installations the European Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED/ current IPPC Directive)"

The Environmental Law Network International (elni), the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Omgevingsrecht (VVOR) and the Vereniging voor Milieurecht (VMR) held a congress at Ghent University on 17th September 2010. The topic was the revision of the IPPC Directive.

In December 2007, the Commission adopted a proposal for an Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The proposal recasts seven existing Directives related to industrial emissions into a single legislative instrument. This recast includes in particular the IPPC Directive, which has been in place for over 10 years. One of the keys of the proposal is to strengthen the dynamic Best Available Techniques (BAT) standards.

A lot of questions arise. Among others: which lessons can be learned from IPPC? Will the IED offer the highest level of protection for the environment and human health? Will the existing legislation be simplified? Will unnecessary administrative costs be cut?

On the occasion of the 20th birthday of ELNI, the Dutch and Flemish Environmental Law Associations (VMR and VVOR) decided to co-organise a congress on IPPC, IED and all possible and impossible questions in this respect.
At the end of the day, an unforgettable ELNI-birthday party took place!


Martin Führ, University of Darmstadt,
Welcome and opening speech

What about the current status of the regulatory framework?

  • Filip François, European Commission:
    Actual status of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
  • Christian Schaible, European Environmental Bureau:
    New aspects arising from the IED
  • Marga Robesin, Stichting Natuur en Milieu:
    Relation between the IED and the NEC-Directive
  • Discussion – Moderator:
    Martin Führ, University of Darmstadt

What about the implementation in the Member States?

  • Willem Henk Streekstra, VNO-NCW and MKB – the Netherlands:
    Practical experiences with IPPC
  • Yolanda Waas, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency:
    Interpretation, application and review of IPPC
  • Ari Ekroos, University of Helsinki:
    Implementation ideas from Finland
  • Lesley James, Friends of the Earth:
    Definition of ‘Best Available Techniques’
  • Delphine Misonne, Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis:
    The European Safety Net
  • Chris Backes, University of Maastricht:
    Emission limit values versus environmental quality standards
  • Jerzy Jendroska, Opole University:
    Link to the Aarhus Convention
  • Volker Mauerhofer, University of Vienna:
    The jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice
  • Discussion – Moderator:
    Luc Lavrysen, Ghent University

What about future developments?

  • Liesbet Van den Abeele, BBT-Kenniscentrum VITO:
    BREFs and BAT associated emission levels
  • Marjan Peeters, University of Maastricht:
    Alternatives to the environmental permit
  • Isabelle Larmuseau, Ghent University:
    Introduction of the sustainability criterion
  • Martin Führ, University of Darmstadt:
    IED and substance related information gathered under REACH
  • Filip François, European Commission:
    General reflections
  • Discussion – Moderator:
    Eckard Rehbinder, University of Frankfurt/Main


  • Gerhard Roller, University of Bingen:
    Birthday speech ‘How it all began...’


Paddenhoek 3
9000 Gent

Lunch & ELNI-Party
Facultaire Raadzaal
Voldersstraat 3
9000 Gent

Further Information

  • Congress flyer (PDF/2 mb).
  • Congress report by Nicola Below published in elni Review 2/2010 (PDF/700 kb).