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IED / Environmental Permitting

BCC provides comprehensive representation of the whole ceramics industry in negotiations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at both UK and European levels.  We are an active member of the UK Emissions Trading Group (which informs UK Government on policy development in this area) and Cerame-Unie’s Climate and Energy / Climate Group. BCC provides a central point to co-ordinate all ceramic consultation responses and is a constantly available point of contact for all questions on EU ETS, the UK’s small emitter opt-out and alternatives to emissions trading. 

BCC is also recognised by Regulators as the lead in all negotiations affecting implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) for the ceramic industry, and is a ceramic representative in regular discussions on Part A1, A2 and B authorised processes. 






The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a cap-and-trade scheme for the purpose of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from the EU’s power and industrial sectors.   

The third phase of the EU ETS scheme started on 1st January 2013 and includes ceramic installations with a production capacity in excess of 75 tonnes of output per day, or with a total rated thermal input exceeding 20MW.  Installations with reported annual emissions less than 25,000tCO2e were eligible for participation in the UK’s Small Emitter and Hospital Opt-out Scheme.   

All ceramic sectors and sub-sectors are deemed to be at significant risk of carbon leakage (where production is moved to countries with less stringent policies on carbon emissions) for the period 2015-19. Retention of carbon leakage status in the fourth phase of the scheme (2021-30) is of business-critical importance. 

We think the UK’s decision to leave the EU is an opportunity to consider a more holistic approach to reducing carbon emissions whilst maintaining the international competitiveness of industry. Alternatives to emissions trading must be investigated and implemented. 


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IED / EPR Issue Series

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BCC – Environmental permitting & stack emissions survey. May 2015

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Industrial Emissions Issue No. 23. Member’s questionnaire / stack emissions survey and Ceramics Best-Available Technique Reference document (proposed 2017 revision)

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IPPC Issue 22 – Publication of Revised Process Guidance Notes

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IPPC Issue 21 – Consultation on the Transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)

IED / EPR Special Documents

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BCC Consultation Response to Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

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BCC Response to Review of Local Authority Environmental Regulation Fees and Charges

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BCC Response Call for Evidence Review of Local Authority and Environmental Regulation Fees and Charges