UK agonises over old power station emissions

Government sets out options for transposing EU's 2001 large combustion plant directive

The UK has issued proposals for transposing the EU's 2001 large combustion plants (LCP) directive, taking a vanguard position among member states. It remains highly likely, however, that no country will meet the legal deadline for transposing the directive, which passes on 27 November.

The LCP directive is a key piece of EU air pollution legislation. It sets strict limits on emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates from all large fossil fuel-powered combustion plants. The rules were agreed in tandem with a broader directive setting 2010 national emission ceilings for SO2 and NOx plus ammonia and methane (EED 02/10/01).

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