Solvents and Paints Directives
Analysis of Member States’ reports on the implementation of the Solvent Emissions Directive (1999/13/EC) and the Paints Directive (2004/42/EC)
Client: DG ENV
The Solvent Emissions Directive (1999/13/EC) aims to limit VOC emissions arising from the use of organic solvents in industrial applications, while the Paints Directive (2004/42/EC) aims to limit VOC emissions from decorative paints and vehicle refinishing products.
The main route, by which the Commission assesses implementation and implementation progress in the Member States, and more widely across the EU, is through requirements placed on Member States under each Directive to draw up implementation reports on the basis of responses to a questionnaire provided by the Commission.
The purpose of the study was therefore to support DG Environment in summarising and analysing the information submitted by the Member States in their implementation reports for the Solvent Emissions Directive for the reporting period 2008 to 2010 and for the Paints Directive for the 2010 monitoring programme.
The study involved an assessment of the completeness of the reports submitted, an analysis of reports per Member State to provide a snapshot of implementation, an overall analysis of implementation of the Solvent Emissions Directive and the Paints Directive in the EU, a comparison with 2008 reporting and identification of key trends, and generating policy recommendations on further reporting requirements.
The results of the study were used by the Commission to report on implementation progress to the Parliament and the Council.