Webinar with Ukraine “Environmental inspections in the framework of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive and the role of laboratories”

The webinar with Ukraine on “Environmental inspections in the framework of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive and the role of laboratories” took place virtually on 30-31 August 2023.

Meeting objectives, expected outputs and outcomes

The purpose of the webinar was to share technical knowledge and practical country experiences in two areas:

  1. The EU Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and its application to permitting and inspection processes, with practical case studies from several EU countries and the United Kingdom;
  2. The role of laboratories in environmental control, with case studies from the Scottish Environmental  Protection Agency and the Netherlands’ Environmental Protection Agencies.


Participants in the webinar comprised experts from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine (SEI), technical experts from EU countries and the United Kingdom, officials from the European Commission and the OECD Secretariat, and civil society representatives.


The Scientific and Research Board of the SEI of Ukraine is currently developing a strategy of reforming the environmental control system in the country. Alignment with the EU environmental acquis is of increased importance in view of Ukraine’s EU candidate status, granted in June 2022.

The EU IED, adopted in 2010 and currently undergoing revisions, is the main EU instrument regulating pollution from industrial sites, covering approximately 52 000 installations. It establishes an integrated approach to permitting and inspections, the use of Best Available Techniques (BAT) to set permit conditions and mandatory environmental inspections.

Ukraine’s draft Law no 6004-d “On Ensuring the Constitutional Rights of Citizens to a Safe and Healthy Environment” passed the first reading and is now undergoing preparation for its discussion in the second reading in the Parliament. The draft law aims to implement provisions of the EU IED and to establish integrated permitting and control in Ukraine. It is expected to lead to modernization of industry within 12 years, including through introducing BATs and advanced management methods. In addition, Ukraine was granted observer status in the Seville process in June 2023.

To support the ongoing IED approximation in Ukraine and following discussion between the OECD Secretariat and the SEI about the SEI’s priority topics of interest, the selected topics of focus of this webinar were the IED approach to environmental control and the role of laboratories in environmental control.


Presentation slides

30 August 2023

Item 2. Key elements of the development of a strategy of reforming the environmental control system in Ukraine

Overview of state environmental inspectorate of Ukraine (Mr. Dmytro Zaruba, State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine)

Item 3. Overview of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive

Overview of Industrial Emissions Directive implementation in Europe (Mr. Simon Bingham, SEPA, Scotland)

Key lessons learned from the OECD’s project on BAT (Ms. Berrak Eryasa, OECD)

Item 4. IED permitting and inspection: Practical country case studies

Permitting, including BAT Reference Documents (BREF) development (Mr. Kari Pirkanniemi, Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland)

Inspection planning and execution (Mr. Vladimir Kaiser, Environment and Nature Inspection Service, Slovenia)

Inspection planning and execution (Mr. Horst Büther, Regional Government Cologne, Germany)

31 August 2023

Item 2. Scottish case study based on a problem IED site

The Role of Laboratories in the System of Environmental Control (Mr. Simon Bingham, SEPA, Scotland)

Case Study – Mossmorran – Regulation and Field Chemistry (Mr. Ian Brocklebank and Dr. Janet Shepherd, SEPA, Scotland)

Wide overview of how SEPA’s scientific expertise contributes to shaping Scotland’s environmental priorities (Ms. Olivia Downey, SEPA, Scotland)

Item 3. Dutch case studies based on a range of sites

Introduction and citizen science projects on air quality (Mr. Peter van Breugel, DCMR EPA Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Response room and e-noses (Mr. Christiaan van Westing, DCMR Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rotterdam, Netherlands)

E-noses (for other purposes) and water monitoring: Mr. Stuart Gunput (Regional environment agency “Noordzeekanaalgebied”, Netherlands):


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