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Guidance on the Solvent Emissions Regulations 2004

The Solvent Emissions Directive

The SED activities listed in Annex 1 of the Directive (a summary list of which is provided below) must be regulated by a permit. The permit must deliver certain requirements:

There is now only one main compliance option:

  •  Meeting a VOC emission concentration limit and fugitive emission limits and submitting annual or continuous monitoring results depending on the size of emissions (limit values in SED Annex IIA)

In some cases (notably the coatings manufacturing and pharmaceuticals sectors) there is also the option of meeting a mass emission limit (total emission limit value).

Summary List of Activities Covered by the SED Annex 1

  •  Adhesive Coating
  •  Coating Activity
  •  Coil Coating
  •  Dry Cleaning
  •  Footwear Manufacture
  •  Manufacturing of Coating Preparations, Varnishes, Inks and Adhesives
  •  Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Products
  •  Printing
  •  Rubber Conversion
  •  Surface Cleaning
  •  Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat Extraction and Vegetable Oil Refining Activities
  •  Vehicle Refinishing
  •  Winding Wire Coating
  •  Wood Impregnation
  •  Wood and Plastic Lamination

Additional requirements of the SED are:

  •  A Solvent Management Plan (guidance in SED Annex III) must also be produced
  •  All new activities must now comply with the SED requirements before starting operation
  •  All existing activities must comply with the requirements by 31 October 2007,
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