EIGA has compiled this technical bulletin to provide information to plant managers, directors, technical directors and environmental specialists in EIGA member companies, on the provisions concerning a baseline report, which have been introduced by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
On 17th December 2010, the European Commission published the IED. This Directive is the basis of a common system of environmental operating permits and supervision by the competent authorities for pollutant emissions from industrial installations. The IED came into force on 6th January 2011 and had to be implemented in Member States by 7th January 2013.
Provisions on the baseline report are included in Article 22 of the IED. The baseline report must contain the information necessary to determine the state of soil and groundwater contamination so as to make a quantified comparison with the state upon definitive cessation of activities.
The European Commission has produced guidance concerning baseline reports to clarify the IED requirements.