KME played an active role in Seville as part of the European technical working group established by the European Commission at the European IPPC Bureau for the setting out of the reference documents for BAT (Best Available Techniques) in our sector (“Processing of non-ferrous metals”). The BAT are an integral part of Community Directive 96/61/EC, commonly known as the “IPPC Directive” (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) which determines the obligations of industry in the matter of the prevention and control of pollution.
Pollution prevention activities also effect production processes to guarantee a minimum environmental impact, to be obtained also via the diffusion and introduction of clean technologies determined by the implementation of Best Available Techniques (BAT).
The competent authorities may not impose the use of any given production or reduction technology, but must control the application of BAT and establish, for each individual plant, the emissions limits as provided by the BAT document itself (in our case, the Non-Ferrous Metal BREF).
We must emphasise that all KME plants were found to be already compliant with the emission limits established in the BAT documents.