Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)


The Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Permit is a vital tool for environmental regulation and pollution control in the European Union (EU). It is a permit system that aims to prevent and control pollution from industrial activities by regulating emissions and requiring compliance with specific environmental standards. The IPPC Permit is issued by the national environmental regulatory authority in each EU member state, and it is a requirement for all installations that are listed in the Annex I of the EU's IPPC Directive.

IPPC Permits regulate high-risk installations as specified in the Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations. Such installations include power stations, specific waste management activities and large farms amongst others. The IPPC Permit provides a framework for the assessment and management of the environmental impact of industrial activities. Through this permitting mechanism, the environmental performance of the plant is evaluated including emissions to air, water and land, generation of waste, use of raw materials, energy efficiency, noise, prevention of accidents, and risk management.

Monitoring obligations are established, the results of which are compared with the established limit values (ELVs). The permit also requires operators to implement measures to prevent and control pollution, including the use of best available techniques (BAT) to minimize emissions and ensure the efficient use of resources.

IPPC Permit
IPPC Permit

The importance of the IPPC Permit lies in its ability to protect the environment and human health by controlling and minimizing industrial pollution. It provides a legal framework for regulating the most polluting activities in the EU and ensures that they operate at the highest environmental standards. By setting strict emission limits, the IPPC Permit helps to reduce the amount of pollutants that are released into the air, water, and soil, which can have harmful effects on the environment and human health.

In addition to its environmental benefits, the IPPC Permit also provides economic benefits by creating a level playing field for businesses operating in the EU. By setting uniform environmental standards and emission limits, it ensures that all operators are subject to the same rules and face the same costs of compliance. This prevents companies from gaining a competitive advantage by cutting corners on environmental standards.

AIS Environment compiled the IP Permit for the Delimara Power Station and a number of private waste management facilities and pharmaceutical plants.

Discover how AIS Environment compiled an IPPC permit for the Delimara Power Station.

Discover how AIS Environment compiled an IPPC permit for the Delimara Power Station.


AIS Environment will lead you through the IPPC permitting stage:

Documentation: AIS will coordinate with the client to consolidate the documentation necessary for the IPPC Permit application.

BAT declarations: AIS will prepare the Best Available Technology (BAT) reference documents on the clients’ behalf. These documents are complex, detailed and highly scientific forms that need to be prepared as part of the IPPC permit application process. Such documents compare the facilities’ operations follows existing best available techniques.

Permit Application: AIS will prepare the permit application on behalf of the client and submit it onto ERA's Environment Resources Information System (ERIS) portal. With our 25+ year history we will pre-empt any additional information that ERA might request during the permit process and will guide the client accordingly.

Consultations: AIS will coordinate the consultation process with ERA, stakeholders and the public. Such consultations often necessitate workshops, meetings and presentations which are all led by AIS.

ERA Board Hearings: AIS will prepare a presentation outlining the development and the results from the permitting application process, and the ERA take a decision on whether to issue the permit. AIS will also handle any environmental questions on behalf of the client.