Agreement reached on the Industrial Emissions Directive: binding targets on water included
Today, 29 November 2023, the Council and Parliament reached an agreement on the revision of the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED) and the regulation on the establishment of an Industrial Emissions Portal (IEP). It needs now to be adopted by a vote in the two institutions.
– Binding Environmental Performance Limit Values (EPLVs) range for all energy resources, except for water, for which competent authorities must set binding targets. EPLVs will be indicative for emerging techniques.
– Extended scope of the directive particularly to mining activities.
– Strengthening the potential penalties and the possibility for people to claim compensation where damage to their health has occurred as a result of a violation of the national rules transposing the directive.
– Review and assessment of the implementation of the directive will be in 2028 and every 5 years ; taking into account the emerging techniques and the need for further pollution prevention measures or EU-wide minimum emission limit requirements.
This provision will contribute to raise awareness about water risks and their financial impact on industry while initiating a trend towards a water-smart industry.