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IED Directive and Baseline Report (BR) – Shutdown Report (SR) and Monitoring Concept – Requirements for plant operators

The IED Directive imposes obligations on operators of industrial installations for the preparation of baseline reports (BR) and for monitoring. The basis for this is Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the European Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control), or IED for short.

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IED Directive – Fourth and Ninth Federal Emission Control Ordinance

The objective of the IED Directive on industrial emissions at EU level is to improve the harmonisation of environmental protection standards in the EU and to avoid distortions of competition. The Act on the Implementation of the IED Directive on Industrial Emissions has entered into force and the corresponding ordinances (4th and 9th Federal Emission Control Ordinance) have been adopted.

Baseline report (BR)

For the installations listed in the 4th Federal Emission Control Ordinance, a so-called baseline report (BR) must be prepared under certain conditions in the event of a significant change or a new permit. The Federal/Länder Working Group on Soil Protection (LABO) has published a working aid on the baseline report for soil and groundwater (as of 16 August 2018). If relevant hazardous substances are present and a risk of pollution cannot be ruled out, appropriate soil and groundwater examinations must be conducted as part of the baseline report.

Shutdown report (SR)

In the event of decommissioning of the facility, it must be assessed whether the operation of the facility has led to significant pollution. The results are to be documented in the so-called shutdown report (SR). For this purpose, the LABO has published the working aid on the duty of return (as of 09 March 2017).

In the individual federal states, the aforementioned working aids have been introduced by decree, in some cases with supplementary regulations, for example in North Rhine-Westphalia with date of 25 March 2020 (Ministerial decree: New LABO work aid Initial status report for soil and groundwater and notes on the LABO work aid on the obligation to return. - Letter from the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the district governments of Arnsberg, Detmold, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Münster) or in Bavaria with date of 02 November 2020 (Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection - Introduction of the working aids on the initial status report for soil and groundwater and the working aid on the obligation to return soil and groundwater).

Land recycling as part of site management

Monitoring measures in compliance with the Ninth Federal Emission Control Ordinance

During the operation of the installation, emissions emitted by it shall be monitored. The competent authority shall specify the requirements for the monitoring of soil and groundwater in the permit notice. As a rule, the latter prepares a monitoring concept in advance based on the draft of the LABO working aid on the monitoring of soil and groundwater in installations pursuant to the IE Directive (status: 21 February 2020).

IED Directive requirements for baseline report, shutdown report and monitoring document

WESSLING has been dealing with the requirements of the IED Directive since the very beginning. WESSLING is also particularly familiar with the topic of the baseline report (BR), the document on return (RDR) as well as the corresponding monitoring concepts and the current state of implementation due to the processing of more than 250 projects. Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Wortmann, Head of Business Development at WESSLING, heads the study group of the ITVA (Engineering Association for Contaminated Sites and Land Recycling) on the topic of the IED Directive.

Plants from the following industrial sectors are affected by BR, SR and monitoring in compliance with the IED Directive:

  • Energy industry
  • Production and processing of metals (such as pig iron and steel production)
  • Mineral processing industry (such as cement production)
  • Chemical industry
  • Waste treatment (such as disposal or recovery of hazardous waste)
  • Other activities (such as wood processing, textile and leather production, tanneries, food production, rendering, industrial waste water treatment, intensive livestock farming and others)

We are happy to assist you with the following services within the scope of your projects:

Baseline report pre-assessment

  • Plant classification
  • Plant site delimitation
  • Presentation and assessment of relevant hazardous substances
  • Assessment of plants subject to AwSV (Ordinance on Installations for the Handling of Substances Hazardous to Water Installations plants)
  • Evaluation of available documents (including history of use)
  • Examination of the need for new measurements
  • Derivation of an investigation concept, including chemical investigation parameters
  • Authority management
Land recycling as part of site management

Baseline Report

  • Mandatory soil and groundwater testing
  • Preparation of baseline report
  • Authority management


Shutdown Report

  • Mandatory soil and groundwater testing
  • Result evaluation
  • Preparation of the SR
  • Authority management


Monitoring concept

  • Assessment of the need for monitoring
  • Deriving the monitoring parameters and intervals
  • Execution of necessary examinations
  • Monitoring concepts
  • Authority management

More information on our services in the area of the IED Directive and Baseline Report (BR).

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