Implementing Best Available Techniques in the Copper Industry and Beyond

Tomorrow, ECI’s Katia Lacasse will chair a Eurometaux event addressing the implementation of conclusions drawn from a recently-published policy report: Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the Non-Ferrous Metals Industries.

Representatives of countries and non-ferrous industries from across Europe are convening to discuss challenges posed by the report, and rules and methods for addressing them. Agenda items include consideration of permit conditions for water-related issues (e.g. accounting for bioavailability and/or the natural background presence of metals) and the approaches followed by EU Member States in their decision-making processes.

European copper producers are well-positioned to meet the challenges raised by the report’s conclusions, given they are already best performers and are committed to remaining so. For more information, see The Environmental Profile of Copper Products, a ‘cradle-to-gate’ life-cycle assessment for copper tube, sheet and wire produced in Europe.

Eurometaux represents the European non-ferrous metals industry, which provides direct employment for 500,000 people.

Full reference:
JRC Science for Policy Report: Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the Non-Ferrous Metals Industries. Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (Intergrated Pollution Prevention and Control).

See Section 1.2 for an introduction to copper and its alloys (including sources and production sites) and Section 3 for an in-depth look at processes and best available techniques.