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Eurobrief May 2012

BAT conclusions agreed in Seville

From 14-16 May 2012, the Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide (CLM) Technical Working Group (TWG) met in Seville (Spain) to discuss and agree the draft Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for the CLM BAT Reference Document (BREF).

Air pollution: amendments to Gothenburg Protocol approved

On 4 May 2012, the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Air Pollution Convention approved amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol).

IED: start-up and shut-down period implementing decision published

On 9 May 2012, the European Commission’s Implementing Decision in relation to the determination of start-up and shut-down periods for the purposes of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) was published in the Official Journal.

Sulphur content of marine fuels provisional agreement

On 15 May 2012, an agreement was reached between the Council and the European Parliament on the revision of the Sulphur Directive (Directive 1999/32/EC) in relation to the sulphur content of marine fuels.