Industrial activities play an important role in the economic well-being of Europe contributing to sustainable growth but can also have a significant impact on the environment.
The largest industrial installations account for a considerable share of total emissions of key atmospheric pollutants and also have other important environmental impacts, including emissions to water and soil, generation of waste and the use of energy. Environmental impacts of industrial installations have therefore been subject to EU-wide legislation for some time. The following main pieces of legislation currently apply:
Successes in reducing industrial emissions
Specific case studies provide evidence of progress towards cleaner industry and improved environmental quality. A number of these successes are described in a series of leaflets available at the publications tab.
These earlier pieces of EU legislation have been repealed by the adoption of the IED: