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Industrial pollution presents a major risk to people, animals and the environment. We are daily exposed to various forms of industrial pollution as it reaches almost all environmental areas (air, water, noise, chemicals, waste). The prevention or limitation of industrial pollution and accidents is thus a key task of every one of us if we wish to preserve a healthy environment.
The content framework of industrial pollution is determined by systemic and professional work which refers to the impacts on the environment and risks which are caused by production activities including the energy industry and the food processing industry. 

Systemic tasks include primarily the monitoring and transposition of European regulations within the Slovenian legal order:

  • Directive concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC Directive)
  • Directive 2001/80/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants
  • Council Directive 1999/13/EC on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations
  • Directive 2000/76/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the incineration of waste.


Professional tasks comprise mainly the monitoring of development from the point of view of the best available technology (BAT) and its implementation both in big, as well as in small and middle sized companies. This is why co-operation with professional associations (for example, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia) is necessary, and with other sectors linked to the issue of industrial production: the Ministry of the Economy (energy industry), the Ministry of Health (chemicals), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (farming). A special group of tasks is represented by the preparation of implementing regulations and operational programmes for the achievement of certain environmental goals.