ECN working on Key Environmental Indicators for Composting

The JRC Bureau's revision of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference document on waste treatment (known as the BREF) is ongoing. This is an EU wide document and once released, the environmental regulators will be enforcing the BAT conclusions set out in the new Waste Treatment BREF.  The document is expected to include Associated Emission Limits (AEL) on identified Key Environmental Indicators, either at the general level (general BAT conclusions) or at the process-specific one. There is a need to focus on the KEIs for each sector in order to derive BAT conclusions related to the main environmental impacts of the sector. 

One of the ECN's working groups is pro-actively working on delivering suggestions to the JRC Bureau for the setting of meaningful EU BAT (if possible) for KEIs.  They aim to 'be precise and design a conclusion which is applicable throughout Europe' and acknowledge that this is a difficult task.

ECN has circulated their first draft proposals for the setting of possible KEIs for composting (indoor and outdoor) and will be discussing them, and ECN members' feedback, at their meeting in Antwerp on 14th and 15th September.  ORG anticipates that at some point after this meeting ECN will circulate a revised draft version of their KEIs for composting and will make this available to ORG members as soon as we receive it.

Lastly, we have heard that the JRC Bureau's first draft of the revised BREF should be published at the end of the year and will circulate more information as soon as we receive it.  Details of previous updates on the BREF review can be read by clicking here.

Webpage published: 10/09/2015

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