Power station emission plans start to emerge

UK, Finland and Ireland go for national plan option under EU large combustion plants directive

Britain, Finland and Ireland have become the first EU states to issue national emission reduction plans for older fossil fuel power stations under the 2001 large combustion plants (LCP) directive. Though the legal deadline for submission of plans passed on 27 November the European Commission is expecting more from other countries, a spokesperson said.

Under the LCP directive, tough emission limits on sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions from new plants were set alongside less severe limits for older plants. Pre-1987 plants were given until 2008 to comply with these less stringent limits. For these plants, national plans reducing each pollutant's emissions collectively were also allowed - as an alternative to emission limits for each individual plant.

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