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  • BREF
  • HC

Hydrocarbons exploration and extraction

The BREF for Hydrocarbons exploration and extraction was developed following the Communications from the European Commission on European energy security strategy (COM(2014) 330 final) and on the exploration and production of Hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing in the EU (COM(2014) 23 final/2). The HC BREF is not a part of the information exchange under the IED/IPPC Directive.

Link to the published BREF (02/2019)

Information on the drawing up of the HC BREF can be found here and at


  • BREF
  • MWEI

Management of Waste from Extractive Industries

This document, Best Available Techniques Reference Document for the Management of Waste from Extractive Industries, in accordance with Directive 2006/21/EC, abbreviated as MWEI BREF, is a review of the Reference Document for Management of Tailings and Waste-Rock in Mining Activities (MTWR BREF). It has been published by the European Commission pursuant Article 21(3) of Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries.

Link to the published BREF (12.2018)

Information on the completed review process of the MTWR BREF can be found at