The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)

The Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) (IED) is the main EU instrument regulating pollutant emissions from industrial installations.

The IED aims to achieve a high level of protection of human health and the environment taken as a whole by reducing harmful industrial emissions across the EU, in particular through better application of Best Available Techniques (BAT). Around 50,000 installations undertaking the industrial activities listed in Annex I of the IED are required to operate in accordance with a permit (granted by the authorities in the Member States). This permit should contain conditions set in accordance with the principles and provisions of the IED.

The IED is based on several pillars, in particular (1) an integrated approach, (2) use of best available techniques, (3) flexibility, (4) inspections and (5) public participation.

For further background information click here and use the following links for more specific country-based information.

England and Wales
Northern Ireland