Licensing & Permitting

Pollution Prevention Control

Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) (IE)

The PPC Regulations (as amended) convert the Industrial Emissions Directive into Northern Ireland Legislation. The Industrial Emissions Directive establishes a general EU-wide framework for the control of the main industrial activities, to help to control and limit pollution.

Applications for a PPC Permits must be made to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or the local District Council. There are three types of permits:

  • PPC Part A and PPC Part B activities are regulated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Local councils regulates Part C activities.

From the 7 January 2013, all applications for new Part A or Part B permits must now be made under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (NI) 2013.

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) hereafter referred to as the PPC (IE) is a regulatory system that employs an integrated approach to control the environmental impacts of certain industrial activities. It applies to industry sectors for energy, metals, minerals, chemicals, waste management and a group of other activities such as textile treatment, food production and intensive farming of pigs and poultry.

The process involves determining the appropriate controls for industry to protect the environment through a single permitting process. To gain a permit, operators will have to show that they have systematically developed proposals to apply the “Best Available Techniques” (BAT) and meet certain other requirements, taking account of relevant local factors. The essence of BAT is that the selection of techniques to protect the environment should achieve an appropriate balance between realising environmental benefits and costs incurred by operators due to geographical location, local environmental conditions, and technical characteristics of the installation.

The PPC (IE) Regulations are implemented to:

  • Ensure no significant pollution is caused;
  • Achieve a high level of protection of the environment as a whole;
  • Promote the use of low waste technology; and
  • Encourage innovation by leaving significant responsibility for developing satisfactory solutions to environmental issues with industrial operators.

AVRIO has extensive experience in the preparation of PPC licence applications and can therefore help with determining if such regulations applies to certain business activities, and if so, the subsequent preparation of an application and its submission thereafter on an organisations behalf.