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Environment, Climate & Energy

The integrating service unit “Environment, Climate and Energy” at BiPRO focuses on typical environmental topics such as safe use and management of chemicals, process optimisation in order to reduce consumption and emission levels, efficient utilisation of energy, safe operation of industrial facilities in compliance with permits, and prevention and reduction of emissions and waste.

Against this background we offer our interdisciplinary environmental consultancy service to decision makers in the public and private sector. Typical projects and services concern

  • Policy and technology assessment related to environment, economy and society
  • Best available technologies (BAT) in particular related to prevention and reduction of emissions
  • Risks and management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other chemicals
  • Process optimisation, assessment of alternatives and substitution of hazardous substances (e.g. VOC)
  • Management of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and climate gases (e.g. fluorinated gases)
  • Assistance for licensing and operation of industrial facilities according to the Industrial Emissions Directive (environmental protection, occupational health & safety, process optimisation, licensing and control, safety reports according to the Seveso Directive, energy management, reduction of consumption and emissions)
  • Assistance for companies and associations related to requirements resulting from (environmental) legislation

We provide our services in our unit Environment, Climate and Energy at a global level. Our clients comprise both, companies and associations public authorities and international institutions.

Usually we work in German, English and French and if required also in other languages.

Selected reference projects:

Policy and technology assessment related to environment, economy and society:

  • Feasibility study for the installation and operation of emission abatement installations for inland vessels in the German part of the Rhine river basin (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Assistance to the Commission in view of the EU becoming a party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Research on technical and economic feasibility of alternative substances and technologies for the application of refractory ceramic fibres (RCFs)
    (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Research on EU-wide socio-economic impacts of a restriction on secondary amines reacting to carcinogenic nitrosamines in cooling lubricants and corrosion inhibitors
    (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Study of the largest loopholes within the flow of packaging material (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Requirements for facilities and acceptance criteria for the disposal of metallic mercury
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Development of guidance for establishing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Report on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on exposure of public to electromagnetic field (1999/519/EC) in the EU Member States
    (European Commission, DG Health and Consumers)
  • Climate Change and European Fisheries (European Parliament)
  • Assessing economic impacts of the specific measures to be part of the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides
    (European Commission, DG Environment)

Best available technologies (BAT) in particular related to prevention and reduction of emissions:

  • Determination of the Best Available Techniques for the manufacturing of wood furniture and consideration of climate protection measures (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Energy Efficiency in Permitting and Inspection – Development of a template for documents and data required regarding energy efficiency in the permit application (IMPEL Network)
  • Determination of the Best Available Techniques for preservation of wood and wood products in Germany
    (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Elaboration of Guidance Document for the calculation of the R1 efficiency factor for municipal solid waste incineration plants
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Evaluation of the requirements of the 20. BImSchV for inland vessels regarding reduction of emissions of climate relevant gases, in particular of VOC
    (German Federal Environment Agency)

Risks and management of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other chemicals as well as process optimisation, assessment of alternatives and substitution of hazardous substances:

  • Support related to the elaboration of an Annex XV restriction dossier for PFOA and related substances under REACH (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Several service contracts “Support related to the international work on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)” from 2006 to 2013 (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Identification of potential POP wastes and recyclates – Proposal of limit values (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Survey/review of waste management regarding PFOS, PFOA and other polyfluorinated substances
    (Danish EPA (in cooperation with COWI Denmark, Arhus))
  • POPs free products  (UNEP)
  • Providing support to the German member (of the National Environmental Agency) in the Socio Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • E-PRTR official data review
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Two contracts in 2005 and 2011: “Study on waste-related issues of newly listed POPs and candidate POPs”
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Evaluation of the requirements of the 20. BImSchV for inland vessels regarding reduction of emissions of climate relevant gases, in particular of VOC
    (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Study contract on “Information exchange on reduction of dioxin emissions from domestic sources”
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • POP Inventory – II – Sources and Releases of POPs and POP candidates into Air, Water and Waste in the Brussels Capital Region (IBGE / BIM)
  • Development of guidance for each activity covered by the VOC Solvents Emissions Directive (1999/13/EC)
    (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Guidance document for the implementation of the European PRTR (European Commission, DG Environment)

Management of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and climate gases:

  • Several service contracts to compile and analyse data related to ozone depleting substances reported by companies (reporting years 2006 to 2010)  (European Commission, DG Climate Action)
  • Refrigeration systems used by German retailers – elaboration of a concept to prepare an overview
    (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Development of a system to collect, submit and evaluate data to identify the specific loss of refrigerants and the total emissions of stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment in the sense of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 842/2006 (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • State of the art of non-halogen propellants in foams against the background of Art 10 (2) d) of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 (German Federal Environment Agency)
  • Study on the potential application of Art. 3 and 4 of Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases to air conditioning and refrigeration systems contained in different transport modes (European Commission, DG Environment)
  • Service contract to develop brochures and leaflets in all Community languages to support operators and trade associations of the sectors covered by the Regulation (EC) No. 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases in fulfilling their obligations (European Commission, DG Environment)

Assistance for companies and associations related to requirements resulting from (environmental) legislation:

  • Several specific contracts with individual companies and German and European industry associations