Strasbourg/Düsseldorf, 11 July 2023. The European Parliament has tightened the rules on industrial emissions, in a move that is expected to significantly reduce pollution and improve air quality for citizens.
The new rules, which were adopted on Tuesday, extend the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) to cover mines and large battery factories for the first time. They also include stricter requirements for livestock farms, and introduce new measures to increase transparency and public participation.
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In a press release sent by CDU MEP Dennis Radtke said:
The IED is a key piece of legislation that sets out rules on preventing and controlling pollution from industrial installations. The new rules are expected to have a significant impact on the environment, reducing air pollution by up to 30% and water pollution by up to 20%. They are also expected to lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The new rules were welcomed by environmental groups, who said that they would help to protect public health and the environment. However, some businesses have expressed concerns that the rules will be too burdensome and could lead to job losses.
The next step is for the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to negotiate a final version of the legislation. Once this is agreed, the new rules will be implemented in all EU member states.
Key points of the new rules:
The IED is extended to cover mines and large battery factories for the first time.
Stricter requirements are introduced for livestock farms.
New measures are introduced to increase transparency and public participation.
The rules are expected to significantly reduce pollution and improve air quality for citizens.
Benefits of the new rules:
- Reduced air pollution, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Improved air quality for citizens.
- Increased transparency and public participation.
Challenges of the new rules:
Potential for job losses in some businesses.
Increased compliance costs for businesses.
Overall, the new industrial emissions directive is a positive step towards reducing pollution and improving air quality for citizens. It is important to monitor the impact of the rules on businesses and ensure that they are not too burdensome.