EUROPEAN ETHYLENE PRODUCERS COMMITTEE
BAT (Best Available Technology) WORKING GROUP
TERMS OF REFERENCE- Rev.0.
1. Purpose of Working Group
The EU has a set of common rules on permitting for industrial installations. These rules are set out in
the so-called IPPC Directive of 1996. Annex I the directive defines the installations which are
required to obtain an authorisation from the authorities in the EU countries. Ethylene plants are
included. The Directive states that operation permits must be based on the concept of Best Available
Techniques (or BAT),which is defined in Article 2 of the Directive. The BAT refers mostly to
environmental related performace such as (but not limited too) emissions such as Nox, CO, etc.
The BAT are described in reference documents called BREF’s. Ethylene plants are covered in the
BREF for the manufacture of large volume organic chemicals.
For the preparation of the BREF, the EEPC as an institution residing under the Sector Group Lower
Olefins (LOSG) of the CEFIC, has provided input via the LOSG to the IPPC Bureau in Seville, Spain.
At the date of issue of the Terms of Reference- Rev.o, a final draft of the BREF for large volume
organic chemicals has been prepared subject to approval by the EU. Once approved, member states
ate obliged to include the IPPC Directive in their permit legislation and procedures. For existing
installations this becomes effective as from 2007. For new installations to be built, the BAT based
permit procedures become effective upon approval of the final draft of the BREF by the EU which is
expected in the course of 2002.
The European Ethylene Producers Committee believes that the implementation, implications and
consequences of the IPPC directive for ethylene plant operators and technology licensors are difficult
to be fully comprehended. Further also interpretation of local legislators in the various member
countries may differ between each other which may cause extra complications for multinational or
global operators and technology providers.
It was therefore agreed to set up a working group of experienced professionals to discuss and collate
the application of the IPPC directive by all European producers and technology licensors, taking into
account the wide range of ethylene plant designs and to monitor further developments on IPPC
directives and BAT’s related to Large Volume Organic Chemicals
The Group will determine the most appropriate form in which to present the results of their
discussions and studies. This is not expected to involve any issues of confidentiality, but if necessary
the information should be collated anonymously.
2. Working Group Process
The suggested process for the Working Group is for each member to review his/her own company’s
position regarding the BREF and to summarise their interpretation. Working Group members will
also arrange for the collection of similar information from other members of EEPC not represented in
the WG. The findings would then be discussed during several sessions, to be determined by the WG
members, at which the method and format for reporting results will be determined. It is expected that
the duration of the Working Group process is in the order of several years to continuously follow the
proceedings with regard to the implementation of the IPPC directive in local legislation.
The Working Group is reminded that it is against the policy of EEPC to make recommendations or
propose guidelines which may be construed as having the endorsement of EEPC. The findings should
therefore be presented as a simple, factual analysis of interpretation, in a format which readily allows
each producer to compare his position with others either anonymously or on open basis whichever is
3. Working Group Membership
Confirmed participants in the Working Group are:
Name Company E-Mail Telephone
Albert de Haas DSM Albert.email@example.com 31-46-4768212
Derk.J. Hartgerink ExxinMobil Derk.firstname.lastname@example.org
A.S. Laghate Technip-Coflexip email@example.com 31-79-3293531
4. Reporting Process and Project Execution
The Working Group will report to EEPC vice-chairman, Simon Barendregt, who will be able to
provide coaching and support where necessary. The WG may wish to elect their own chairman or
spokesperson to allow co-ordination of their activities.
The Working Group should aim to report the status of the first results of their investigations at the
EEPC HSE Conference in Autumn 2002.
Feb 27, 2002