Robilante and Vernasca attain the Integrated Environmental Permit
We are pleased to inform you that two Italian cement plants have successfully attained the new Integrated Environmental Permit (IEP): Robilante (Cuneo) and Vernasca (Piacenza). The authorization procedure, which foresees the direct participation of the stakeholders, came to a positive conclusion with the granting of the IEPs by the Provincial Governments of Cuneo and Piacenza respectively to the Robilante cement plant (no. 1108 on 29 October 2007) and the Vernasca cement plant (no. 2169 on 31 October 2007).
Italy ratified the guiding principles of the European Directive 96/61/EC regarding the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Law (IPPC) with Legislative Decree 372/1999 first and subsequently with Legislative Decree 59/2005. These regulatory requirements involve cement plants with a production of over 500 tons of clinker per day.
The purpose of the new EC regulatory framework is to roll into one single authoritative standard all the technical-managerial measures aimed at preventing and controlling the various environmental influences, assessed with a proactive and integrated approach to eco-compatibility (Integrated Environmental Permit or IEP).
The fundamental prerequisite for conferring the IEP is therefore to achieve a high level of overall environmental protection, which is obtained by identifying the Best Available Techniques (BAT) applicable to the cement sector and establishing effective, economically sustainable measures to minimize the consumption of natural and energy resources, waste production, emissions (into the air, water and ground) and sound levels, as well as implementing systematic audits to ensure that the performance standards are being met and to keep the most important environmental aspects under constant control.