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Environmental Permitting

Industrial installations, while being useful to society, can result in various environmental impacts, ranging from emissions to air or the marine environment to contamination resulting from accidents. For this reason, industry is regulated by the Environmental Protection Act and subsidiary legislation, including the following:

Facilities covered by the above regulations, or whose development permit includes this as a condition, need to apply for an environmental permit. Companies may also apply for an environmental permit on a voluntary basis.

Environmental permitting application forms are available here, and need to be submitted to MEPA as one digital and one printed copy. IPPC application forms are available here, while registration forms are available here. Assistance may also be obtained by contacting the Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit at MEPA.

 Public consultation on Environmental Permitting of Industrial Activities

 

MEPA has recently carried out public consultation on a system of environmental permitting to improve the regulatory framework applicable to industrial activities of environmental significance. This system would result in improved protection of the environment, while offering several advantages to industry, such as legal certainty, clearer definition of environmental liability and the opportunity to identify priority environmental issues to enable appropriate risk management.

Further details regarding this proposal are available below:

Consultation BriefDownload
Proposed draft framework for Environmental Permitting of Industrial Activities legislationDownload
Draft Environmental Permitting and Registration (Fees) RegulationsDownload

The comments received during consultation are currently being compiled, and a revised version of the legislation taking into consideration these comments will be issued for consultation in due course. Further information may be obtained by calling the Environmental Permitting & Industry Unit on 2290-7230, or by contacting the Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit at MEPA.