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MariaB Apr 02, 2018 01:57 PM
I'm doing a group project on the Steel industry in Portugal, Paio Pires. And one of the main topics is about the pollution the industry has caused to both the population and environment.
Is there any data that I might be able to use?
Does the EEA know what reforms might be used in this type of industry to diminish the pollution caused by it?
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EEA Apr 04, 2018 09:30 AM
Hi,

Please find the answers to your reply here:

Is there any data that I might be able to use?

You can use the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR), which contains emissions from that sector (and others). The easiest way to browse the data is by using the E-PRTR website (http://prtr.ec.europa.eu/#/home). For a more comprehensive analysis of the data you can also download the full Access database here: https://www.eea.europa.eu/d[…]ister-e-prtr-regulation-16.

Does the EEA know what reforms might be used in this type of industry to diminish the pollution caused by it?

The environmental aspects of this sector are regulated at European level by the Industrial Emission Directive. You can learn more about it here: http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/legislation.htm
This Directive provides, amongst other provisions, the obligation for these facilities to obtain a permit. This permit is to be granted by the national authorities in each country but they have to use, as a reference, the so-called “Best Available Technique Reference Documents” (BREF) and the resulting Conclusions on Best Available Techniques (BAT-conclusions).

For this very sector you can find the BREF here http://eippcb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/[…]/IS_Adopted_03_2012.pdf and the BAT conclusions here http://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2012.070.01.0063.01.ENG.

They very well illustrate what can be done to operate these facilities in an environment-sound way and also provide information on emerging techniques that may go even further.

Kind regards
 
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