In December 2019, the new BREF for waste incineration was published. By December 2023, it must have been adopted into national legislation in the EU member states. For operators of waste incineration plants and co-incineration plants, this means new challenges regarding the monitoring of mercury emissions.
For all plant operators who have not taken any actions yet, short-term action is required.
The most important conclusions for Hg emission monitoring from the BREF at a glance:
- Continuous monitoring of mercury emissions required, with state of the art technology
- National emission limits for Hg will (possibly) be lowered
- Optimisation of Hg mitigation may be necessary
- Analyzers must be QAL1 certified