The table contains the Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference documents, the so-called BREFs (as well as a few other reference documents) that have been adopted under both the IPPC Directive (2008/1/EC) and the IED. For BREFs adopted under the IED, the table shows in the column "Adopted document" also the BAT conclusions adopted according to IED Article 13(5). The "BAT conclusions" is a document containing the parts of a BAT reference document laying down the conclusions on best available techniques. According to Article 14(3) of the IED, BAT conclusions shall be the reference for setting the permit conditions to installations covered by the Directive.
For each BREF in the table below, the following information can be found:
The latest reference document itself. In short, each document generally gives information on a specific industrial/agricultural sector in the EU, on the techniques and processes used in this sector, current emission and consumption levels, techniques to consider in the determination of the best available techniques (BAT) and emerging techniques.
The list of references (background material) quoted in the reference document.
Links to webpages containing relevant legislation/standards.
Additional technical information.
Translations of the Executive Summaries for BREFs adopted under the IPPC Directive.
For Reference documents developed under other legislative instruments/policy documents which are not a part of the information exchange under the IED/IPPC Directive (i.e. Management of Tailings and Waste-Rock in Mining Activities (MTWR), Hydrocarbons exploration and extraction (HC)), please click here.
Formal draft of (B)REFs have no legal value. They only reflect work in progress and are available for information only to those interested in the exchange of information under Article 13(1) of the IED.
BREF or ‘BAT reference document’ means a document, resulting from the exchange of information organised pursuant to Article 13 of Directive 2010/75/EU, drawn up for defined activities and describing, in particular, applied techniques, present emissions and consumption levels, techniques considered for the determination of best available techniques as well as BAT conclusions and any emerging techniques, giving special consideration to the criteria listed in Annex III to Directive 2010/75/EU. A similar definition was applicable under the IPPC Directive (2008/1/EC).
REF or ‘reference document’ or ‘reference report" means a document, which is not a BREF, used as the main reference for a specific horizontal task or topic in the Sevilla process.
BATC or ‘BAT conclusions'' means a document containing the parts of a BAT reference document laying down the conclusions on best available techniques, their description, information to assess their applicability, the emission levels associated with the best available techniques, associated monitoring, associated consumption levels and, where appropriate, relevant site remediation measures.
Under the Commission Decision of 12 December 2011 on the Re-use of Commission Documents (2011/833/EU), the BREF documents are subject to free re-use, except for parts covered by any third-party rights which may be present in the documents (such as images, tables, data, written material, or similar, the rights to which need to be acquired separately from their respective rights-holders for further use). The European Commission is not liable for any consequence stemming from the re-use of these documents. Any re-use is subject to the acknowledgement of the source and non-distortion of the original meaning or message.