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Medium Combustion Plants Directive (MCPD)

Directive (EU) 2015/2193 of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 November 2015 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) Directive) regulates pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1 megawatt (MWth) and less than 50 MWth.

Medium combustion plants are used for a wide variety of applications (electricity generation, domestic/residential heating and cooling, providing heat/steam for industrial processes, etc.) and are an important source of emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust.

The emission limit values set in the MCP Directive will have to be applied from 20 December 2018 for new plants and by 2025 or 2030 for existing plants, depending on their size. The flexibility provisions for district heating plants and biomass firing will ensure that climate and air quality policies are consistent and their synergies are maximised.

It regulates emissions of SO2, NOx and dust into the air with the aim of reducing those emissions and the risks to human health and the environment they may cause. It also lays down rules to monitor emissions of carbon monoxide (CO).

It fills the regulatory gap at EU level between large combustion plants (> 50 MWth), covered under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and smaller appliances (heaters and boilers <1 MWth) covered by the Ecodesign Directive. It will also contribute to levelling the EU playing field.

The MCP Directive addresses the potential need for Member States to apply stricter emission limit values in areas where this can improve local air quality in a cost-effective way. The Commission will help Member States dealing with such hotspots by providing information on the lowest emissions achievable with the most advanced techniques.

Research bureau Ricardo, located in the UK, is tasked by the European Committee to research information exchange regarding Best Available Technology (BAT). By means of webinars and a digital working group was created by Ricardo consisting of relevant stakeholders to exchange information of their installations.

DGTA and her participating members assists with this project in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management. The expectation is that due to the stringent regulations in The Netherlands compared to the European regulations the Dutch installations could provide the BAT information which could become the new standard in Europe.

For more information, go to the EC website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/industry/stationary/mcp.htm


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