Monitoring Environmental Performance
Level 5
Unit 3
Monitoring Air Pollution

Maintaining a register of IPC and LAPC authorisations

The regulators (EA and SEPA) have developed a framework by which, particularly Part A processes can assessed for harm. This involves a concentration upon the following areas, and thus, are the areas that the company's operating such processes must also concentrate upon themselves:

  • identification and quantification of releases
  • compliance with statutory emission limits
  • identification of the most significant emissions in environmental terms
  • compliance of emissions with proposed environmental quality objectives
  • whether the emissions are environmentally acceptable
  • identification of the BPEO from environmentally sound routes
  • identification of the prescribed process and the necessary environmental monitoring that needs to be undertaken.

Prescribed substances to air that must be monitored under this regime and hence, reduced are:

  • oxides of nitrogen and other nitrogen compounds
  • oxides of carbon
  • organic compounds and partial oxidation products
  • metals, metalloids and their compounds
  • asbestos (suspended particulate matter and fibres), glass fibres and mineral fibres
  • halogens and their compounds
  • phosphorous and its compounds
  • particulate matter
  • oxides of sulphur and other sulphur compounds

It is suggested therefore, that the company maintain a record of all authorisations/consents for all emissions. A sample form for IPC and LAPC authorisations is given below:


(a): Using the Table provided - attempt to compile a record of any Authorisations that you may have on your site.

(b): Find two different prescribed processes if you have an IPC or LAPC authorisation, you can use the process at you site, and complete the data sheets for a fictitious company.

Within the cell beneath each, discuss possible improvement objectives and targets that could be included on an EIP.

Hint: you may find the BATNEEC process guidance notes (Secretary of state notes are for Schedule B processes, Chief Inspector's notes for Schedule A) useful. These can be found on micro fiche in many academic libraries, or can be ordered from HMSO.