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Industrial Emissions Directive – Panel Session

Conference Day 1 – Tuesday 14th November

This session will include 4 short presentations followed by interactive Q&As with our expert speakers/panellists:

Clive Humphreys, Senior Advisory, Environment Agency

The requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive were enshrined in UK law over 10 years ago and are the cornerstone of process industry regulation. The legislation is designed to ensure that all environmental media are protected equally, that any potentially harmful emissions are prevented or minimised, and that the processes which can give rise to those emissions are conducted in an efficient and sustainable manner. This is achieved by applying the strict and binding standards contained in the waste treatment Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference document.

Most biowaste treatment operators have obtained and are complying with their permits. The only major biowaste treatment activity that remains largely unpermitted is the anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge. This presentation will explore the scope of the requirements that apply to water industry activities, the roadmap to compliance, the environmental imperatives which drive the need for change, and the main challenges facing water companies as they strive to meet their legal obligations and minimise the impacts of sludge digestion on the environment and human health.

Anita Manns, Senior Associate – Waste and Regulation, Mott MacDonald

With Defra and the Environment Agency’s Legal Counsel advising that ‘sludge’ is not an Urban Wastewater and, therefore, concluding that the UWWTD exclusion with the IED does not apply to Anaerobic Digestion carried out at Wastewater Treatment Works, this has led to a plethora of IED installation applications being submitted to the Environmental Regulators. The requirements committing the water industry to control and reduce the impact of industrial emissions on the environment is like a minefield. This presentation will set out, from a consultants perspective, our experience of working with the WaSCs, understanding those nuances between sites, permits and the regulators requests and how the WaSCs relationships with the regulator has developed or been impacted as a result of the IED process.

Paul Fountain, Senior Consultant, Thames Water

Steve Bungay, Technical Director – Wastewater Process Emissions, Mott MacDonald

Session Chair: Dr Yadira Bajon-Fernandez, Senior Lecturer in Bioresources Science and Engineering, Cranfield University

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Senior Lecturer in Bioresources Science and Engineering, Cranfield University

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Technical Specialist (Sludge Processing), Yorkshire Water

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Cost Transformation Lead, Thames Water

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