Legislative instrument details: VOC Solvent Emissions Directive

Legal name Council Directive 1999/13/EC of 11 March 1999 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations
Short name VOC Solvent Emissions Directive
CELEX reference 31999L0013
Identification number 1999/13/EC
Issued by Council of the European Union
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/poll...
Parent legislative instrument CLRTAP
Valid from 11/07/1999
Abstract The VOC Solvents Emissions Directive is the main policy instrument for the reduction of industrial emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the European Union.

It covers a wide range of solvent using activities, e.g. printing, surface cleaning, vehicle coating, dry cleaning and manufacture of footwear and pharmaceutical products.

The VOC Solvents Emissions Directive requires installations in which such activities are applied to comply either with the emission limit values set out in the Directive or with the requirements of the so-called reduction scheme.

New installations have to comply with the requirements of the VOC Solvents Emissions Directive at the time they are starting the activity. The final implementation date for existing installations was 31 October 2007.

At intervals of three years, Member States shall send information to the Commission on the implementation of the Directive in the form of a report.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme Air
Comments Repealed by Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control), with effect from 7 January 2014.