At its 33th session in December 2014, the Executive Body (EB decision 2014/2) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) approved the upgrade of the Expert Group on Techno-Economic Issues (EGTEI) to Task Force on Techno-Economic Issues, TFTEI (see the mandate below) and merge the discontinued Task Force on Heavy Metals and the Task Force on POPs in TFTEI. The establishment of the former Expert Group on Techno-Economic Issues (EGTEI) was decided by EB, in December 2001, as a follow up of the proposal from the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEEM.
The Task Force reports to the Working Group on Strategies and Review (WGSR http://www.unece.org/env/lrtap/workinggroups/wgs/welcome.html), at the WGSR annual meetings.
TFTEI is led by France and Italy, who share the responsibility of the leadership of the work. Italy took the co-chairmanship in 2006, upon invitation by France.
TFTEI is Co-Chaired by Jean-Guy Bartaire (President of CITEPA) and Tiziano Pignatelli (ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development).
The Interprofessional Technical Centre for Studies on Atmospheric Pollution (CITEPA) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) / French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) are in charge of administrative duties and, most of all, act as Technical Secretariat of TFTEI in association with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME). The activities are carried out also in cooperation with the experts appointed by the Parties to the Convention and the stakeholders from Industry, pursuing the ultimate objective of the implementation of the Convention, as detailed in the workplan of the Convention.
Many TFTEI activities are funded by France and Italy. Other Parties to the Convention (e.g. Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, the European Commission) are also financing specific ad hoc activities according to the Task Force work plan priorities.
Several CLRTAP Parties have nominated their national experts in TFTEI, such as: Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland.
The active involvement of the European Industry, with the aim of establishing a positive and constructive dialogue between industry and administrations of the EU Countries, on economic and technical issues is another priority interest of TFTEI.
Data collected and/or developed by TFTEI are available for use to the Parties to the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, and other technical bodies of the Convention, like, i.e. the Centre for Integrated Assessment Modeling (CIAM) operated by IIASA, as TFTEI data are used as source of input in the GAINS_Europe Model, in the framework of UNECE / LRTAP. Also, the European Commission and and its technical body the European IPPC Bureau for BREF, are often using the outcome of the work of TFTEI.
TFTEI has established a stable and close collaboration with Russian Federation (through the Scientific Research Institute for Atmospheric Air Protection [SRI]) as leading country of the Coodinating Group for EECCA Countries (Armenia, Azerbaïdjan, Belarus, Russian federation, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Moldova, Ouzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine) and the BATCentre with the ultimate objective of facilitating the ratification of the LRTAP Protocols through the dissemination of scientific knowledge, methodologies and analysis tools, in those countries.
Since 2010, when, at the annual meeting of the Task Force (EGTEI at that time), the experts of the Russian Federation attended the meeting for the first time, in the plenary meetings of the Task Force, English and Russian Languages are used.
Mandate of TFTEI
According to EB decision 2014/2, the mandate of TFTEI is as follows:
Links with BREF documents
The work undertaken by EGTEI/TFTEI is complementary to the work carried out by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), located in Seville, to draft the BAT Reference (BREF) documents, in the framework of the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
The BREFs contains the Best Available Techniques (BATs) on different environmental issues covered by the IED (air, water, waste and energy). BATs are described in details and accurately assessed in technical terms by EIPPCB in association with Member States and industry.