HAZBREF – Identification of Hazardous Chemicals in the IED BREFs

HAZBREF aims at improved management of hazardous chemicals in industry and improved interrelation between regulative frameworks relevant for hazardous substances (e.g. IED, REACH, WFD & HELCOM).

Project activities will provide a thorough knowledge on hazardous substances as defined in REACH, HELCOM, etc. including use and release patterns, environmental risks, good practices in handling and management of hazardous substances, mitigation measures  and implementation of legal requirements set under REACH and IED Directives. The project will develop recommendations for good practices and procedures for the effective exchange of information between different administration bodies at different levels of management especially with regard to the process of revising of BREFs.

Thanks to the project’s activities it will be possible to achieve a better control of releases of hazardous substances from industry to the environment, and higher effectiveness of measures aimed at minimization of emission to the environment. The effects of the project implementation will be used directly by the European IPPC Bureau or Technical Working Groups made up of representatives of member countries as a material for the preparation of BAT reference documents (BREFs). In addition, project results will be presented to the Helsinki Commission as a basis for reviewing the HELCOM recommendations and adopted actions.

IETU is responsible for the carrying out case studies for industrial installations in electroplating, textile and chemical industries. The aim of conducting case studies is to provide knowledge on current practices in the industries with regard to use of hazardous substances, ways to minimize emissions of these substances to the environment which can be recommended as potential Best Available Technics, practical experiences related to integrated permitting process as a basis for improvement and obstacles to recycling and re-use of waste as secondary raw materials due to presence of hazardous substances.

The project’s results will be shared via dialogues, training and guidance with target groups in Europe, Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and nationally (e.g. DG ENV, EIPPC Bureau, ECHA, HELCOM, national authorities), which will ensure the efficient utilisation and sustainability of the results.

Project Partners:

Finnish Environment Institute, Finland – coordinator of the project
Instytut Ekologii Terenów Uprzemysłowionych (Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas), Poland
German Environment Agency, Germany
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Sweden
Estonian Environmental Research Centre, Estonia


Project duration: October 2017 - September 2020

Total project cost: € 1 990 000


More information is available at the webpage – www.syke.fi/projects/hazbref

Coordinator of Polish activities in the project – Dr. Janusz Krupanek, Research and Development Department, email:



Project is realised within the program INTERREG EU BSR.




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