Introduction to IPPC
IPPC stands for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control. The main aim of the Industrial Emissions (IPPC) Regulations (LN 10 of 2013), which transpose the EU Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) into national law, is to minimise pollution from various point sources. In fact, all installations falling under Schedule 1 of these Regulations are required to obtain a permit from MEPA to be allowed to operate and must use the Best Available Technique in their operations. These include selected sites in the waste management sector, power generation, certain chemical plants and large farms.
The IPPC legislation contains basic rules for integrated permits. "Integrated" means that the permits must take into account the whole environmental performance of the plant, i.e. emissions to air, water and land, generation of waste, use of raw materials, energy efficiency, noise, prevention of accidents, risk management, etc. This helps industrial installations identify ways by which they can minimise their contribution to pollution.
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