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European Commission publishes stricter standards for large combustion plants

The European Commission has published Decision 2017/1442 which sets stricter standards for large combustion plants in accordance with the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive.  This Directive stipulates that such plants must operate in accordance with Best Available Technique.

These rules apply to power plants with a rated thermal input exceeding 50 megawatts.  Such plants are already required to operate in line with an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit, which amongst others, regulates the management of the facility, emissions to air, and discharges to sea.  Such permits may now need to be reviewed by the competent authorities for compliance against this new standard.

Large combustion plants will have up to 2021 to comply with the new standard.

(Published on 2nd November 2017).

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