Air pollution from medium combustion plants

SUMMARY OF:

Directive (EU) 2015/2193 on limiting emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS DIRECTIVE DO?

It lays down rules to control air emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust (particles) from medium combustion plants*, as well as rules to monitor carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from these plants.

The aim is to reduce potential harm to human health and the environment.

KEY POINTS

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It applies from 18 December 2015. EU countries have to incorporate it into national law by 19 December 2017.

BACKGROUND

The legislation fills the regulatory gap between large combustion plants (over 50 megawatts) which are covered by the industrial emissions directive and smaller appliances, such as heaters and boilers, which come under the Ecodesign directive.

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.).

KEY TERM

* Medium combustion plant: a plant which burns fuel and uses the heat generated, with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1 MW and less than 50 MW, irrespective of the type of fuel it uses.

ACT

Directive (EU) 2015/2193 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (OJ L 313, 28.11.2015, pp. 1–19)

RELATED ACTS

Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (OJ L 334, 17.12.2010, pp. 17–119)

Successive amendments to Directive 2010/75/EU have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 14.03.2016