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The European IPPC Bureau was set up in 1997 to promote information exchange between the European Commission, EU Member States, industry and environmental NGOs on Best Available Techniques (BAT) to control industrial pollution.

Located in Seville, the Bureau’s early activities were mandated by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive 96/61/EC. Today, the European IPPC Bureau operates under Article 13(1) of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU, coordinating the information exchange leading to the draw up, review, or update of BAT reference documents (BREFs). The information exchange is codified into law by Commission Implementing Decision 2012/119/EU and commonly referred to as ‘Sevilla process’.

BAT reference documents produced by the European IPPC Bureau typically address specific industrial sectors or activities. They cover all large agro-industrial installations included in Annex I of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU, that is, Eu-wide some 50 000 installations. Each BREF contains BAT conclusions, comprising a short description of best available techniques, their applicability, and associated emission levels. BAT conclusions are adopted by a committee procedure; they are to be use by EU Member States as a reference when establishing emission limits and issuing operating permits for industrial installations.

The European IPPC Bureau engages actively in international knowledge transfer. The Bureau exchanges information on best available techniques and the Sevilla process with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and with countries outside of the EU.

The European IPPC Bureau can be contacted via phone
+34-9544-88284 or e-mail JRC-B5-EIPPCB@ec.europa.eu