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Climate change 22-06-2010

EU waters down industrial pollution law

The EU has struck an agreement on a planned Industrial Emissions Directive, imposing stricter limits on air, soil and water pollution but allowing coal-fired plants derogations until mid-2020.
Climate change 05-05-2010

MEPs agree tighter rules on industrial pollution

MEPs yesterday (4 May) agreed to strengthen legislative proposals to limit industrial air pollution by allowing for more limited derogations than EU governments had demanded.
Climate change 19-03-2010

Parliament seeks compromise on EU air pollution law

The European Parliament has reopened the debate on a revision of the EU's industrial air pollution directive, tabling a new proposal that seeks to compromise with member states by dropping controversial plans to introduce a 'European safety net' of minimum emission limits.
Climate change 04-12-2009

Power firms want flexibility on EU air pollution law

The EU's upcoming industrial pollution law on air soil and water must be made flexible enough if the power sector is to deliver genuine results, a group of electricity companies said this week (2 December).
Climate change 02-03-2009

Ministers to reject industrial pollution ‘safety net’

A proposal, backed by Germany and Austria, to place a cap on noxious emissions spewed out by a wide range of industries, including steel, chemicals and processed food plants, is set to be voted down by EU environment ministers today (2 March) over concerns that the measure would be too costly.
Trade & Society 23-01-2009

MEPs back limits on industrial pollution

The European Parliament's environment committee yesterday (22 January) approved the introduction of EU-wide emission limits to a Commission proposal to revise an EU directive regulating industrial pollution.
Climate change 11-10-2004

Europe’s largest industrial polluters exposed

A small number of industrial plants are often responsible for emitting the bulk of a given pollutant into air and water, says the first report from the EU pollution monitoring register EPER.

Database of biggest EU polluters now online

The European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER), a database of the 10,000 biggest polluting companies in the EU is now available online.
Climate change 20-06-2003

Commission launches consultation on industrial pollution directive

The Commission adopted on 19 June a Communication on the implementation by Member States of the 1996 directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC).
Climate change 04-09-2001

IMPEL report criticizes food processing industry

A report produced by IMPEL concludes that smaller meat processing and milk production units produce a large part of the sectors' environmental pollution. The EU's informal network of national environmental inspectors found that smaller units do not have the same possibilities to invest in and adopt clean technologies.