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Nowadays, what are the main obligations of France and French companies concerning VOCs?

France, through the Gothenburg protocol signed in 1999, committed to reduce its non-methane VOCs emissions. Moreover in November 2001, the directive NEC was effective. It sets the emission limits for 2010, especially for the NMVOCs.
Consequence: France must reduce its emissions to reach a level of 1050 Kt in 2010. That is why some efforts have to be made in the different sectors that give off VOCs.

What are the sectors affected?

  • Food-processing industry
  • Thermal plant
  • Chemical industry
  • Paper mil
  • Perfume industry
  • Refining
  • Steel industry
  • Coating
  • Ore treatment
  • Waste treatment
  • Water treatment plant
  • Oil product storage
  • Metalworking industry
  • Building materials industry
  • Agriculture
  • The household waste burning
  • Aluminium plant
  • Steelworks
  • Plants manufacturing car greases, artificial fibre, petrol
  • Cardboard industry
  • Painting
  • Automotive industry
  • Glass industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Packaging


 What are the measures to put in place?

  • Quantification of VOCs emissions
  • Study of the regulatory obligations related to the site in order to determine the objective for the reduction of VOCs emissions
  • Study of the different measures to carry out in order to reach the regulatory conformity

In order to help the industries in their procedures, l’ADEME finances 50% of a VOC diagnosis and agrees to finance 40% of the energy recovery projects.