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Best Available Techniques (BAT) to Prevent and Control Industrial Pollution

 

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Read the OECD’s new report on Best Available Techniques (BAT): Guidance Document on Determining Best Available Techniques (BAT), BAT-Associated Environmental Performance Levels and BAT-Based Permit Conditions (2020). The report is also available in Russian

A growing number of governments seek to adopt an approach based on Best Available Techniques (BAT) as part of the regulatory framework to prevent and control industrial emissions. This guidance aims to provide the governments with relevant steps, tools and best practices on how to identify and establish BAT, BAT-associated emission levels (BAT-AELs) and other environmental performance levels (BAT-AEPLs), as well as BAT-based permit conditions, including emission limit values.

 

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Infographic: Guidance Document on Determining Best Available Techniques (BAT), BAT-Associated Environmental Performance Levels and BAT-Based Permit Conditions
Infographic on determining Best Available Techniques (BAT)

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Why the OECD works on Best Available Techniques (BAT)

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).

 

Publications

Activity 1: Policies on BAT or Similar Concepts Across the World, 2017

Activity 2: Approaches to Establishing BAT Around the World, 2018

Activity 3: Measuring the Effectiveness of Best Available Techniques Policies, 2019

 

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How do countries determine Best Available Techniques and permit conditions for preventing and controlling industrial pollution?zz
 

 

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How can countries strengthen their measures to tackle industrial pollution?

How can countries strengthen their measures to tackle industrial pollution?

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Who is involved

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Forthcoming activities for 2019-2021

OECD member and partner countries have given their support for the BAT project to continue for the period of 2019-21. With the completion of Activity 4 – Guidance on Determining BAT, the project has the following two on-going objectives:

  • Conduct a study on the challenges and opportunities associated with value chain approaches to establishing BAT for industrial installations
  • Compare BAT and BAT-AELs across countries for selected sectors and/or pollutants

 

With the financial assistance of the European Union

EU FLAGThe 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.

 

 

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