What is it?
The IPPC Directive contains a common set of rules and procedures for permitting and controlling industrial installations. It aims at minimising pollution from various industrial sources and is based on a number of key principles. Lime producing installations with a capacity above 50 tonnes per day fall within the scope of this Directive.
Within the framework of the IPPC Directive, so called “BREF” documents are developed which describe the Best Available Techniques (BAT) in a sector and the Associated Emission Levels. (BATAELs). They are discussed within the “Seville process” which brings together all stakeholders.
The lime industry, together with the cement sector, was one of the first eight sectors for which a BREF was elaborated. A first version was officially adopted by the Commission back in January 2002. The BREFs are reviewed regularly. The latest review of the lime BREF started in 2007, and has been published in 2009. The documents can be downloaded from the website of the IPPC Bureau in Seville, which coordinates the activities.