Read the OECD’s new report on Best Available Techniques (BAT): Measuring the Effectiveness of BAT Policies (2019)
While a growing number of countries use BAT as a key policy tool to prevent and control the emission of industrial pollutants, many countries lack appropriate datasets to measure the effectiveness of their BAT-based polices. This report presents the first major cross-country analysis of ways to evaluate the impact of BAT-based industrial pollution policies, providing analyses of data from the European Union, the United States, Chile, Israel, Korea, the Russian Federation, India, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan and New Zealand.
Video interview on the benefits of a BAT-based approach:
Infographic: How can countries strengthen their measures to tackle industrial pollution?
An increasing number of countries use BAT as a tool to establish evidence-based environmental permit conditions for industrial installations, in order to prevent and control industrial pollution, and thus to ensure a high level of human health and environmental protection. BAT are state-of-the-art techniques that are developed at a scale that enables implementation under economically and technically viable conditions.
Countries spend significant resources on designing, developing and implementing policies for BAT-based permitting. Therefore, there is an added value in sharing experience, knowledge and best practices on this topic amongst OECD member and partner countries. The OECD’s BAT project has so far resulted in the following publications:
The overall objectives of the OECD’s BAT project are to assist governments to implement policies and practices that embody BAT (or similar concepts) to prevent and control industrial pollution, and to contribute to progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
|Activity 1: Policies on BAT or Similar Concepts Across the World, 2017||Activity 2: Approaches to Establishing BAT Around the World, 2018|
Infographic: How do countries determine Best Available Techniques and permit conditions for preventing and controlling industrial pollution?
Who is involved
Forthcoming activities for 2019-2021
OECD member and partner countries have given their support for the BAT project to continue for another three years. For the period 2019-21, the project has the following three objectives:
The OECD BAT project has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.