PPC Stakeholder Group Meeting

Friday 20 January 2012 @ SEPA Boardroom, Riccarton Office





Present:  S Bygrave (UKPIA), I Norton (SWA), S Freeland (SESA),  I Stewart (CIA), R McLaren (SSE), S Fraser (CPI), T Bell (SP), S Scott (S Gov), K Davidson (SW), P Smith (NP), C  MacDonald (SEPA), N Donnelly (SEPA), W Thornton(SEPA), J Lang (SEPA), J McGeachy (SEPA)



Apologies: B Martin (S Eng),  A Bauer (NFUS), S Langlands (SG), M Garden (SWA)



C  MacDonald: Welcome and attendee introductions



Previous Minutes: Approved



Matters Arising: All actions arising form previous minutes cleared.



Industrial Emissions Directive – S Scot (SG)


Overview and perspective on the development of the IED where 7 previous directives covering industrial emissions have been rolled into a single document. The key message from the development of the draft regulations relating to IED is that the UK intend to share and reflect regulation to ensure that the interpretation of IED is consistent throughout the different countries and the respective regulatory regimes.


The intent in Scotland is to modify the PPC Regulations to incorporate the requirements for IED and to simultaneously consolidate the outstanding amendments which currently exist.


The Scottish Government propose to carry out a consultation in the spring of 2012 covering draft regulations along with a BRIA (Business & Regulation Impact Assessment).






Industrial Emissions Directive – J Lang (SEPA)

The IED contains lists of activities which are prescribed for control under the regulations which will transpose the directive into national regulation. Consideration and development of these lists are identifying areas or definitions which are new to regulation such as waste recovery, animal and vegetable operations, biological processing which generates chemicals etc. The IED has also set out new or changed thresholds for existing activities. All of these potential changes are under discussion with the potentially obligated industrial sectors and all are feeding into the development of the fore mentioned SG consultations.

Bref notes which previously were developed under IPPC are now undergoing review to develop their usefulness in setting BAT for specific sectors. Ch5 of the relevant Bref will under IED be published by the EU and will provide BATAEL values which regulated sites in member  states must comply with (derogations from these limits will be available but these must be reported to the EU and must meet set criteria). While this is a lengthy process steps are being taken to reduce the timescales. Bref timetable for review is available here: http://eippcb.jrc.es/reference/.


With the introduction of new IED activities there may be a requirement to increase the membership of the PPC User Group.




















LCPD – Wendy Thornton (SEPA)


A widely discussed and complex area of regulation relating to Large Combustion Plant was introduced with the express point that impacted industries were currently engaged in developing the UK regulatory position and as such the presentation was based on knowledge sharing and development.


Plant which is under an improvement can register to be included in a limited life derogation which will prevent sites from being obligated under the proposed requirements of annex 5. All sites must comply with annex 5 requirements unless they hold a registered derogation they or they are registered under a national plan. For the UK there shall be one national transitional plan which will be operated by DEFRA. All Scottish sites obligated under the LCPD will receive a copy of the TNP notification issued by DEEFRA from SEPA.







None raised



DONM:– Friday 15 June - Friday 23 November

RICCARTON Board Room in Edinburgh - 10:00 for 10:30.