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The BAT (Best Available Techniques) Reference Document (BREF) covering the cement and lime manufacturing industries was the first of the BREFs to be reviewed. The document reflects an information exchange carried out under Article 16(2) of Council Directive 96/61/EC (IPPC Directive)

Industrial Emissions Directive (IPPC recast)

Following its adoption as an A item by the COREPER on 5 November 2010, the Justice and Home Affairs Council approved on 8 November the revised directive on industrial emissions.


Further to Decision 23/9 of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Governing Council on 25 February 2009, CEMBUREAU decided to cooperate with the UNEP on mercury emissions with the view to becoming a partner, with governments and other stakeholders, in an approach to reduce risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds to the environment.

Mono-nitrogen oxides & sulpher dioxide

Several EU industry associations, including CEMBUREAU, have serious concerns over the proposal to introduce a trading system for these two gases. The debate surrounding this approach is linked to the difficulty some Member States have experienced in reaching national emission reduction targets for them.