Emission standards may promote coal overcapacity - EEA

The EU’s industrial emissions standards may unintentionally contribute to the current trend of extending the life of high-carbon fossil fuel plants, the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned on Friday

The EU’s industrial emissions standards may unintentionally contribute to the current trend of extending the life of high-carbon fossil fuel plants, the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned on Friday.

The emission limit values for certain air pollutants under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) will force the technological upgrading of some of Europe’s aging coal-fired power plants, lengthening their lifespan in the process, a new analysis of the EU’s power sector noted.

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