Improving the industrial emission monitoring system in Slovenia (case study Germany/Bavaria)

UfU supports the Legal-informational center for NGOs, Slovenia – PIC (Pravno-informacijski center nevladnih organizacij) in its advisory task to the Slovenian government for the improvement of its industrial emission monitoring system.

In Slovenia, the industrial emission regulation system suffers from a lack of trust by the general public. The ombudsman for the protection of the constitutional right for a healthy environment in Slovenia has identified two main factors that need to be addressed in this regard: Monitoring bodies are financially dependent on the operators of industrial plants which in certain cases leads to distorted monitoring results. At the same time, state control is ineffective and weak.

The government of Slovenia decided to improve the regulatory system. The Industrial Emissions Directive of the EU (IED) imposes certain requirements with regard to the monitoring of industrial emissions in EU member states. PIC is undertaking a comparative analysis of the implementation and practice of operational monitoring of air emissions under the IED. The following legal systems are part of the analysis: Austria (for Tyrol), Germany (for Bavaria), Hungary and Croatia. UfU is preparing the analysis of the industrial emission control monitoring system of Bavaria. We hope to contribute a valuable insight for the Slovenian government to improve the regulatory framework, enhancing trust in monitoring results and achieving efficient control by the state.