The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) represents one of the most relevant pieces of legislation for industrial sectors; regulating the core activity, the permit process, best available techniques and binding associated emission levels.
Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 138) by Alex Agius Saliba (S&D) on “Interpretation of the guidance on interpretation and determination of capacity under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive”.
The presence and accumulation of micropollutants (anthropogenic trace contaminants) in aquatic environments is an area of policy concern for the EU. In order to better understand how these chemicals enter and are transported within water systems, this study investigated the occurrence and concentration of a broad spectrum of micropollutants across Austria’s water system.
Coal mining is bad news for nature and people – it is a big polluter and contributor to the climate chaos, stretches water resources thin, and forces communities to relocate. EU water legislation – the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) – has protected and needs to continue protecting water resources and prevent further destruction from the mining industry. The ongoing fitness check evaluation of the WFD needs to look into the co-benefits of coal mining phase out and achievement of the WFD objectives of preventing deterioration of EU’s water resources and bringing our freshwater ecosystems back to health.
So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market. Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says an EESC report adopted in July.