European IPPC Bureau

Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution (for pollutants such as greenhouse gases, acidifying substances, wastewater emissions and waste). The main regulatory framework for HSSE matters is Omani Law, i.e. the applicable Royal Decrees and Ministerial Decisions. In addition to local regulations, SOHAR Port and Freezone adopt International standards (such as IPPC) in the area for the industrial project in the area. The EU has a set of common rules for licensing and controlling industrial installations in the IPPC Directive of 1996. In essence, this Directive is about preventing, and when this is not possible minimizing, pollution from various industrial sources throughout the European Union, and achieving integrated control of their emissions, consumption of energy, water and raw materials.
The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Bureau, located at the JRC`s site in Seville, provides a major contribution to the implementation of this Directive by establishing Best Available Techniques reference documents (BREF). These serve as a reference for EU Member States authorities to ensure that permits for the industrial processes concerned include emission limit values based on best available techniques that have been determined by working groups encompassing experts from industry and national administrations. The BREFs documents is accessible using the following link: