Update on the Medium Combustion Plant Directive

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 SI 110 was published in January 2018 to transpose requirements of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) EU/2015/2193 on the 25th November 2015. The Environment Agency is the regulator for these obligations.

The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) sets out rules to control emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust into the air. Operators that fall in scope of the regulations require an environmental permit.

There are two significant dates which operators should be aware of:

  • 20/12/2018 – New MCPs which operate on or after 20th December 2018 must be permitted and comply with the Emission Limit Values (ELVs)
  • 01/01/2019 – Tranche B Specified Generators must be permitted and comply with Emission Limit Values (ELVs)

If you have new Medium Combustion Plant, which operate on or after 20th December 2018 or Tranche B generators, we would recommend visiting the Environment Agency’s website.

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