The project is characterized by two main strategies: providing technical support and promoting knowledge.
Technical support will be offered to competent authorities and other stakeholders that are involved in the implementation of the Law on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control at different levels. The first and most important beneficiary will be the MEP that will be supported by means of close cooperation with a selected team of experts in a combination of side-by-side office activities, and learning-by-doing actions where MEP’s officers will work on-field with the experts. This approach will regard every step of the regulatory cycle, from the preparation of legal acts to the analysis of technical documentation and until the preparation and issuance of an integrated permit. A similar strategy will be adopted with permit writers at the APV and LSGs but limited to the preparation of draft integrated permits.
The level of preparedness of operators, necessary for effective implementation of IED, will be increased by means of technical documentation such as manuals and brochures and by offering constant support to clarify any administrative or technical problems through the creation of the Info Centre.
The coverage of the whole regulatory cycle will be ensured by cooperation with the inspection system. The project will support the creation and training of a core team of inspectors that, at the different administrative levels, will gain experience in controlling IPPC installations and will, then, support other inspectors in their activities in this type of industry, with a sort of train-the-trainer approach.
The other strategy is aimed at generating and disseminating knowledge about industrial pollution and connected topics. This strategy involves operators and the interested public with the purpose of increasing the level of engagement and participation in the process of implementation of the IED through national regulation.
Awareness raising and disseminating of knowledge will be focused on the Info Centre, a hub where data and information related to IPPC and other connected topics will be collected, elaborated, and prepared in different forms for different targets. The experience gained during the previous two projects has demonstrated that operators, institutions, and the public require transparent, available, and processed data on technologies and their effects on the environment, on the expected and achieved effects of IPPC regulation for pollution reduction, and on the impact of green and innovative technologies from the environmental and financial point of view. The Centre will operate as a knowledge hub, where the central knot will be the project website as a source of available information and the net built with every stakeholder that can be a provider or user of data. This will also promote and improve the cooperation among different institutions, contributing to the increased effectiveness of the whole process of IPPC permitting and introduction to the Green Transition. The communication strategy toward the public will be based on social media tools, for wider dissemination, but also on the cooperation with CSOs and student associations with the aim of creating active participation of the young generations in the processes aimed at reducing industrial pollution.
Enhancing the quality of the negotiating position on IED
Increasing the efficiency of the integrated permitting process