The February Mission of International Technical Expert from Germany Held

As part of the February mission of the international technical expert of the IED Serbia Project, Dr Richard Schlachta, visits to industrial operators that use organic solvents in their operation and fieldwork with local experts and the project team were organised.

The first visit was organised in the company “Tipoplastika” from Gornji Milanovac, which operates within the Alco group. The activity of this company is the production of flexible packaging for food and non-food products. The next field visit took place at the aluminium mill “Impol Seval” from Sevojno which operates within the Impol business group and deals with the processing of aluminium into rolled, pressed, drawn, forged and other types of products. Visits to the companies “Al Pack Ltd.” and “Rotografika Ltd.” from Subotica were also organised. The company “Al Pack” produces aluminium packaging such as lids, containers, and lacquered and laminated aluminium foil, while “Rotografika” deals with roto offset printing of books, magazines and brochures. The next visit took place at the company “Gir Ltd.” from Kraljevo, which produces and distributes furniture made of solid oak wood. On the last day of the mission, a visit was organized to the company “Galeb Metal Pack” from Šabac, which is engaged in the production of metal packaging for products intended for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

The visit of representatives of the project team, project experts and representatives of competent authorities was also an opportunity to present the requirements related to Chapter V of the Directive to the companies. Fieldwork covered the identification of activities that are potential sources of VOC emissions, the use of organic solvents, and the assessment of compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive.

A part of the Directive Specific Implementation Plan (DSIP) for the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) is being prepared within the IED Serbia Project, referring to emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from installations and activities that use organic solvents. The purpose of this DSIP is to define measures and deadlines for full compliance with the aforementioned Directive for each operator who carries out certain activities that imply the use of organic solvents in excess of the prescribed quantities, in a way that will not jeopardise their regular operations.