The Institute had been established as research body for waste management and recyclable materials (VIVR) under the Committee for State Supplies of the USSR (Gossnab) on April 8, 1975.
The main task of VIVR was to conduct research, design and engineering in the field of identification, processing and sustainable use of communal waste.
For more than 40 years, the Institute and its predecessors was a hub of unique scientific and engineering experience that ensured a significant savings of raw materials and contributed to the creation of a national system for waste collection and disposal.
In the late 1980s, this system included about 600 enterprises, production and procurement centers, factories for the manufacture of cardboard and paper products from waste paper, plants for the production of non-woven fabrics from textile waste, etc.
Early 1990s saw more than 500 research works conducted; VIVR specialists became the authors of 60 inventions.
In 1995, the Institute was reorganized into Federal State Organization ‘Research Center on resource efficiency and waste management’(NITSPURO).
With an introduction of BAT concept into Russian regulatory field, in 2016 the Institute received the function of Russian BAT Bureau and later renamed ‘Environmental Industrial Policy Center’ with the focus of its activities slightly shifted towards BAT-related issues, as well as sustainable approaches to waste management.