This is the third blog post by Dr Frank Wayman PHD taken from his recent e-book, How will the EU Industrial Emissions Directive impact the Brewing and Drinks? (Read the first and second posts here). In this post Frank examines the case for using BREF guidance and how you should approach your BAT assessment.
Why use the BREF?
Using the BREF guidance document is in every business’ best interests. Site operators should use this to assess whether their operations are BAT (Best Available Technique) and whether they can meet the BAT-AELs (emissions limits).
Operators who are in any doubt that they can raise the necessary funds to achieve compliance should start sooner rather than later; the UK’s environmental regulators generally respond better to early warnings of non-compliance rather than last-minute attempts to avoid legal action.
If they are not BAT, or cannot meet the BAT-AELs with their current techniques, operators will need to either invest in new techniques or apply for a derogation.
Operators can expect regulators to be more interested in the manufacturing process, rather than just the output. For example, in the graph below, data shows how regulators across the EU have compared the specific water use per hectolitre of soft drinks product for 10 different production sites. The installation represented by the column on the right-hand side discharges nearly ten times the volume of its product as effluent and is not considered to be compliant with this legislation.