Flemish Knowledge Centre for Best Available Techniques

The Flemish Knowledge Centre for Best Available Techniques (BAT-knowledge centre) is an initiative of the Flemish Government and VITO.

The BAT-knowledge centre supports the Flemish Government in collecting and distributing information regarding environmentally- and energy friendly techniques in industrial processes and selects the Best Available Techniques for several sectors. These studies come about in a participatory process, in which both industry and the government are involved. The BAT serve as a reference for the environmental permit conditions of companies, both in Flanders (VLAREM) and in Europe (European Industrial Emissions Directive).

BAT studies form a non-binding, guiding document for updating environmental legislation in Flanders. For the implementation in environmental legislation, the emphasis is on the environmental performance that is possible with a BAT and not on the BAT itself.
The annual programming of the Flemish BAT studies is based on a survey of the members of the steering committee and also a broad consultation of the stakeholders. Proposals for new or revised Flemish BAT studies can be submitted to the area of Development, Environmental Planning and Projects Department.

At the European level, the BAT knowledge center is involved in the preparation of the BREFs (European BAT reference documents) within the framework of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). Together with government experts, it represents Belgium in the technical working groups (TWGs) that are established by the European Commission for each BREF.

All information of the BAT-knowledge centre is just one click away.

If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, you can always give us a call or send us an email. We will try to answer your questions as soon as possible, or at least guide you in the right direction or transfer you to the right person.

Contact person: Adriaan Pelckmans : +32 14 33 52 88 - bbt@vito.be

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Project manager

Dr. ir. Diane Huybrechts
VITO
diane.huybrechts@vito.be
tel. +32 14 33 58 67

Introduction

The BAT are a reference for the environmental permit conditions of companies. This both in Flanders (VLAREM), and in Europe (European Industrial Emissions Directive). 

  • BAT in VLAREM
  • IPPC-Directive and Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Ecology premium

Publications

The BAT knowledge center supports the Flemish government with the collection and distribution of information about BAT. The BAT knowledge center identifies information related to environmentally friendly techniques, evaluates BAT per industry and translates this into possible permit conditions and guidelines for ecological support. This then results in Flemish BAT studies per industry. These studies are composed in a participatory process, in which both industry and the government are involved. They form a non-binding, guiding document for updating environmental legislation in Flanders. For the implementation in environmental legislation, the emphasis is on the environmental performance that is possible with a BAT and not on the BAT itself.

The BREF documents do not only describe BAT for industrial activities, but also emerging techniques. These are novel techniques that, if commercially developed, could provide either a higher general level of protection of the environment or at least the same level of protection of the environment and higher cost savings than existing best available techniques.

The BAT conclusions are an important part of the BREFs (BAT reference documents). These BAT conclusions include a number of individual conclusions that indicate which techniques or combinations of techniques are BAT for achieving a specific environmental objective. For some individual BAT, an associated environmental performance level (BAT-AEPL) is indicated. Such environmental performance levels are an emission level (BAT-AEL), a consumption level, or a different kind of performance level. The BAT conclusions form the reference for determining the permit conditions for the IPPC installations under the IED.

Ongoing studies Type Status
Common Waste Gas Treatment in the Chemical Sector (WGC) BREF In preperation
Treatment of residual flows containing asbestos FLEMISH BAT In preperation
Ferrous Metals Processing industry (FMP) BREF In review
Noise and vibration nuisance from construction and demolition activities FLEMISH BAT In preperation
Smitheries and foundries (SF) BREF In review
residential wood heating FLEMISH BAT New study - final draft
Bunding for aboveground storage of dangerous liquids FLEMISH BAT New study - final draft
Ceramic Manufacturing Industry (CER) BREF In review
Surface treatments using organic solvents (STS) BREF In review
Slaughterhouses and animal by-products (SA) BREF In review
Tank- and barrel cleaning FLEMISH BAT In review
Textiles industry (TXT) BREF In review
Prevention and reduction of amalgam containing effluent in dental practices FLEMISH BAT Draft available - study on hold
Hydrogen filling stations FLEMISH BAT In preperation