BREF Wastewater Treatment for the Food, Drink and Milk Industry in the UK

The Industrial Emissions Directive and Brexit

The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) commits European Union member states to limiting the impact of emissions from industrial production on the environment (including wastewater emissions). It is a way of encouraging industry to operate as efficiently and environmentally as possible by applying the Best Available Technologies which will often also reduce operating expenses.

The IED is already enacted into UK law and all UK political parties have pledged to maintain current European standard of environmental legislation so the IED is relevant regardless of Brexit. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have issued guidance that the UK will essentially mirror the EU legislative process with equivalent UK-only legal structures.

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"The legislation you know today, is not the legislation for tomorrow.
Nijhuis Industries will help you to meet your new obligations"

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Purpose of BREF (Best Available Techniques REFerence)

The Best Available Techniques are combined in a European document called “BREF” (Best Available Techniques REFerence Document). These are a series of documents created to regulate different industries as part of the Industrial Emissions Directive.

For the food and drinks industry, the BREF was published in December 2019. All affected Food, Drink & Milk installations should comply with a permit to operate in line with the new standards within 4 years of this, i.e. by the autumn of 2023 at the latest.

The purpose of the BREF document is to give regulators the same knowledge and understanding of what is considered to be acceptable working practice across the whole of the EU. The BREF document also sets emissions limits for discharges to the environment. All producers operating within the single European market will all have to bear the cost of meeting these targets, but should not be affected commercially, as all producers will have to meet the same limits at the same time.

What should the British Food, Drink and Milk Industry do?

Site operators should consult the BREF guidance document to assess whether their operations are the Best Available Techniques and whether they can meet the Best Available Techniques-Associated Emissions Levels (BATAEL). It is important to do this at the earliest available opportunity as sites must be compliant by the end of 2023.

Note: no time to lose!

Applications for a derogation need to be made in the first year i.e. before December 2020. The reason for this is that there is a possibility that the derogation could be rejected, therefore the site will still have sufficient time to comply within the four-year compliance timescale.

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"Applications for a derogation need to be made in the first year i.e. before December 2020"

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The Best Available Techniques for Solid and Adaptive wastewater treatment

The legislation you know today, is not the legislation for tomorrow. Nijhuis Industries will help you to meet your new obligations with consultancy, service and BAT water treatment solutions, to reduce utility cost and reuse and recover water and resources, for a sustainable and resilient future. We deliver solid and adaptive solutions for sustainable water use, energy and resource recovery.

Nijhuis Industries multidisciplinary teams develop, design and implement smart and game-changing solutions to ensure compliance with your permit requirements.

Nijhuis has years of experience with providing support with environmental permitting issues. Not only can we advise on the type of technology that will bring a site to compliance, but we can also support producers to liaise with the regulator and complete all of the necessary steps required to apply for a new permit or variation of the existing permit conditions. We can further oversee the project through the detailed design and implementation phases, and provide operational support once any upgrades have been installed.

Download the Nijhuis Industries Best Available Techniques Reference Document for information and guidance

Our integrated innovation, consultancy, project and operation departments can support you with reducing costs and emissions while achieving IED compliance.

We help you to reduce, reuse and recover to advance water and climate change adaption and help building a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive future.

Download the Nijhuis Industries BREF for information and guidance on the Best Available Techniques for Wastewater Treatment.

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