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FAQs

Which BREF refers specifically to my product(s)?
Can I obtain specific information regarding installations, processes, or certain types of techniques applied?
Which are the relevant BAT for my installation/process?
What is it the IED (ex IPPC Directive)?
Implementation of IED (ex IPPC Directive) in my Member State, e.g. permits, emission limit values, IED (ex IPPC) national legislation, etc., where can I ask?
What is the interaction between the IED (ex IPPC Directive) and other European Commission Directives?
Do you have the national environmental legislation of my Member State?
European (environmental) legislation, what is it?
Can I get a BREF in a language other than English?
Translation of a BREF document (or a part of it), can you help me?
Who holds the copyright for BREF documents?
Can the EIPPCB send me BREF documents by e-mail?
How and from where could I download a BREF document?

Which BREF refers specifically to my product(s)?

Please enter your request into the search engine of this website and the system will make a complete search through the entire series of BREF documents. You will then be advised which document(s) refers to your request and from there you can carry out further investigations. Please remember, most BREFs are elaborated specifically for one industrial sector and these are known as 'vertical BREFs'; however, there are a few horizontal BREFs to which you may also be referred.

Can I obtain specific information regarding installations, processes, or certain types of techniques applied?

Please enter your request into the search engine of this website and the system will make a complete search through the entire series of BREF documents. You will then be advised which document(s) refers to your request and from there you can carry out further investigations. Please remember, most BREFs are elaborated specifically for one industrial sector and these are known as 'vertical BREFs'; however, there are a few horizontal BREFs to which you may also be referred.

Which are the relevant BAT for my installation/process?

Please enter your request into the search engine of this website and the system will make a complete search through the entire series of BREF documents. You will then be advised which document(s) refers to your request. The search is targeted to the entire content of all BREFs and it cannot differentiate specific sections (e.g. BAT sections/chapter) of BREFs. You need to carry out further investigations from the result of the search if you need to be more specific. Please remember, most BREFs are elaborated specifically for one industrial sector and these are known as 'vertical BREFs'; however, there are a few horizontal BREFs to which you may also be referred.

What is it the IED (ex IPPC Directive)?

Please refer to the information on the IED (ex IPPC) on the DG Environment website.

Implementation of IED (ex IPPC Directive) in my Member State, e.g. permits, emission limit values, IED (ex IPPC) national legislation, etc., where can I ask?

Please refer this question to the relevant competent authority in your Member State.

What is the interaction between the IED (ex IPPC Directive) and other European Commission Directives?

Please refer this question to DG Environment.

Do you have the national environmental legislation of my Member State?

Please refer this question the relevant competent authority in your Member State.

European (environmental) legislation, what is it?

Please visit the EUR-LEX website where you will find information regarding all European legislation.

Can I get a BREF in a language other than English?

The Executive Summary of each BREF document is translated by the European Commission into all Member State languages and can be found here. If the list is not accessible please click on browse categories, then choose > European Commission > Environment > IPPC BREFs Translation > and finally click on > Library on the top left menu which will display a full list of translated summaries in all EU languages.

• French translations of complete (B)REFs can be found here.
• German translations of the most important parts of the (B)REFs, Executive Summaries or complete BREFs can be found here.


Translations of Executive Summaries of BREFs are only available for the BREFs published under the IPPC Directive (2008/1/EC) but not any more for those updated under the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) since they do not contain any more Executive Summaries.

We are also aware that some Member States translate other parts of BREF documents and for more information you will have to contact the relevant Member State. However, some links can be found on our website within each reference document.

Translation of a BREF document (or a part of it), can you help me?

The European IPPC Bureau does not have the resources to be able to provide this service. Several Member States translate the full BREF documents and make them available on the internet.

Who holds the copyright for BREF documents?

The European Union retains the copyright for each BREF document. Reproduction is authorised, except for commercial purposes, provided the source is acknowledged. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the use that might be made of the information in these BREF documents.

Can the European IPPC Bureau send me BREF documents by e-mail?

The European IPPC Bureau is unable to send BREF documents by e-mail but you are able to go to the EIPPCB website and download these documents yourself following this link to our reference documents webpage.

How and from where could I download a BREF document?

Please refer to the information given within each BREF page (clicking on the coloured document symbols of the concerned BREF in our reference documents webpage).

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