This Decision establishes best available techniques (BAT) for permitted installations in the food, drink and milk production sectors. The Decision will also apply to associated waste water treatment plants.
Applicable BAT must be met before installations operate for the first time. Permits for existing food, drink and milk installations will need to be updated to reflect applicable BAT requirements by 12 November 2023.
Decision 2019/2031 establishes best available techniques conclusions (BATC) for permitted installations in the food, drink and milk sector. This Decision specifies mandatory minimum requirements on the environmental performance of permitted organisations.
Authorities are required to update permit conditions to reflect BATC under this Decision by 12 November 2023.
Best available techniques (BAT) specified include BAT-AELs (BAT Associated Emission Levels) for specified pollutants.
BATC apply to permitted installations undertaking the treatment and processing (bar exclusively packaging) of the following raw materials:
The BATC also apply to independently operated waste water treatment plants, where the main pollutant originates from the above activities.
The BATC does not apply to the production of primary products from animal by-products or undertaking other slaughterhouse and animal-by product industry operations.
The Decision specifies duties and the corresponding techniques to reduce the environmental impact of installations. 37 BAT points are applied, concerning the following topics:
Derogations from BATC will only be granted where costs associated with the revised emissions limits disproportionately outweigh the respective environmental benefits.
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