The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, together with its members, welcome the European Parliament’s approval of a balanced set of revisions to the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
We believe that the amended text improves the European Commission’s draft proposals to the benefit of the environment, of innovation and of European business. According to Karin Nilsson, environmental policy expert at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the adoption of Parliament’s position also brings welcome certainty to the process of implementing the IED.
The Confederation has worked closely on the Directive with Swedish Forest Industries, Jernkontoret, Svemin and IKEM. Jointly, they would like to recognise the efforts of both Radan Kanev, rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment (ENVI) and Tomas Tobé, his counterpart for the Committee on Industry (ITRE). Their understanding of the key role the IED will play for the environment and of the opportunities it presents for innovation and development has been vital.
Among the issues raised by the industrial sector were the importance of a reasonable degree of flexibility in the legislation in terms of environmental impact and resource use. An unreasonably strict Directive would have risked hindering the green transition and as well as undermining the good intentions of the IED.
The Council set out its position on the IED earlier this year, and we now look forward to continuing to work in the relevant trialogue negotiations as well as at the point where the new rules are being adopted into Swedish law.Climate changeEU Industrial StrategyEU