The Committee discussed the Draft Law on Industrial Emissions along with the accompanying Bills. The legal package aims at, pursuant to the EU directives, the prevention or mitigation of emissions to the ambient air, water and soil as a result of industrial activity, and the prevention of waste generation.
“The Draft is related to the fulfillment of the Association Agreement and will stand as a significant step forward for the legal approximation with the EU,” the Chair of the Committee, Maka Botchorishvili noted.
The representative of the LEPL National Environmental Agency, Venera Metreveli introduced the key novelties of the package.
“The Draft is based on the EU directives on industrial emissions, the commitment of harmonization of which derives from the Association Agreement,” she noted and elucidated that new obligations are to be enacted for the private sector in the part of the re-equipment of the large enterprises and improvement of the technological processes, and new integrated permit system is to be established. Deriving from the scopes and importance of the novelties, the Draft is to be gradually enacted upon 2026.