BAT4MED is part of the EU 7th Framework Programme. The main objective of the project is to ensure a higher level of environmental protection of the Mediterranean region, minimizing the negative impacts associated to the activity key industrial sectors. Towards this aim, the possibilities for and impact of diffusion of the EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control approach to the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) will be assessed and the implementation of Best Available Techniques in the national environmental programmes will be promoted and supported.
BAT4MED aims to help implement the EU Technologies Action Plan by supporting the transfer and uptake of environmental technologies in developing countries. Industrial pollution processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in the Mediterranean region. Though awareness of environmental issues related to industrial pollution has notably grown in the last decades, pollution monitoring shows that the positive results have hardly been achieved. The goal of the project justifies its transnational dimension, since pollution in the Mediterranean has a global dimension and cannot be tackled separately by each single country.
The project brings together 8 organizations from 6 different countries, 4 organizations from 3 EU Member States (Spain, Belgium, Italy), 3 from 3 MPCs (Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco) and 1 international organization based in Egypt to build mutual understanding through established networking in industrial pollution prevention and control. Firstly, BAT4MED will analyze the industrial context in the MPC to select the most promising sectors with the highest environmental benefit potential. Secondly, a methodology for BAT assessment will be designed and applied and BAT will be selected for each identified sector taking into account local conditions. Lastly, an analysis of potential convergence of MPC policies with the EU-approach will be carried out. The project has an ambitious set of awareness creation & dissemination activities.