Summary: No-one doubts that industrial activity is essential for the economy, citizensu0092 wellbeing and maintenance of employment. However, data from the European Environment Agency1 show that the state of the environment continues to deteriorate in various fields. Despite remarkable progress made in recent decades in virtually all industrial sectors in terms of ecological efficiency of production processes, a great deal remains to be done before we will have reached a sustainable standards. We need to reduce substantially atmospheric emissions u0096 in particular those contributing to climate change - and water pollution, water and energy consumption, the use of toxic substances, the quantity of non-recyclable waste, etc. One of the key methods for meeting this challenge is through technological development. This involves improving the capacity of industry to innovate. In order to stimulate this preventive approach, the European Unionu0092s policy combines legislative requirements, R&D and financial support for innovative projects, in particular LIFE-Environment projects. At the legislative level, every operator of a major industrial installation must apply the "best available techniques" (BAT) to prevent or substantially reduce adverse effects on the environment. This obligation u0096 soon to be applicable throughout the Europe of the Twenty-Five u0096 is laid down in the integrated pollution prevention and control directive. The European Commission recently published a communication on its implementation. It called upon the Member States to enhance their efforts and has organised large-scale consultation 2.LIFE provides industrial innovators with support that may be decisive, in particular within small and medium-sized industries, in demonstrating the feasibility of promising technologies and ensuring dissemination of positive results. Several LIFE projects in various sectors have already contributed to improving manufacturing processes and others are in progress. This brochure highlights examples of the role which
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