Concerns mount over German air emissions law

Concerns mount over German air emissions law

TA Luft revisions could stifle auto shredding activity, German recycling association says.

May 11, 2017
RTGE Staff
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The Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Stahlrecycling (BDSV), a German association representing ferrous scrap recyclers, has issued another statement expressing concern over a regulation drafted by Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry. The BDSV says “the amendment of the TA Luft [regulation] requires considerable improvements.”


TA Luft regulations need to be met by “more than 50,000 installations requiring approval from all sectors in Germany,” says the association. “In addition, it also affects several hundreds of thousands of facilities that are not subject to approval.” The BDSV says among those facilities are ones operated by the more than 520 companies involved in recycling that are represented by BDSV.


BDSV Chief Executive Dr. Rainer Cosson, along with representatives from Germany’s Ministries of Economics and Transport, says the planned changes to TA Luft “go far beyond the European guidelines” and thus are not in the spirit of EU governance.


“The considerable intensification of TA Luft would put [German recycling] companies at a disadvantage in European competition and weaken the industrial location of Germany and prevent investments,” states Cosson.


The BDSV is calling on the government “not to further restrict the trivial and irrelevant regulations existing in the applicable TA Luft,” adding that “extending the measurement rules would entail significant additional costs for companies without proven environmental benefits.”


Cosson also criticizes the draft for containing a separate chapter specifically for shredders, “in which the limit values are tightened up and practical obligations regarding the acceptance of the material are introduced.” The BDSV is asking the government to wait on imposing the new regulations and wait for action within a Europe-wide “uniform regulatory framework.”


Cosson states, “It does not make sense to define a new state of the art in anticipation of upcoming BAT (best available techniques) processes in Europe, which would result in a significant disadvantage for the German economy in the European environment.”