MCP Directive. January 2014 - The National Cut Flower Centre

NFU Briefing
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NFU members
29th January 2014
Anna Simpson
[email protected]
02476 858645
Proposed Medium Combustion Plant Directive
To inform members of the newly proposed Medium Combustion Plant Directive and gain feedback on
how this will impact the industry.
A new Directive has been proposed by the European Commission entitled the Medium Combustion
Plant (MCP) Directive. This Directive was proposed as part of the European Commission’s Clean Air
Policy Programme which came out on the 18th December 2013. It is designed to reduce emissions to
the atmosphere and fill the regulatory gap between 1 to 50MW thermal input plants. The NFU is
concerned that this new Directive will impact the agricultural sector especially glasshouse growers,
grain drying and biomass boilers. This Directive has recently been proposed therefore there is plenty of
opportunity to influence its scope however we need to gather evidence on this topic to provide a strong
argument for any proposed changes.
Key Information
Key features of the proposed MCP Directive are as follows:
Scope: 1 to 50 MW1 rated thermal input (RTI).
Pollutants measured: Nitrogen oxide (NOx), Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM).
Exclusions include:
 plants (including incineration plants) covered by the Industrial Emission Directive;
 plants covered by the “eco-design” Directive; and
 plants whose combustion gases are used for direct heating, drying or other treatment.
Registration, not permitting
Fixed emission limit values (ELVs)
Existing plant which do not operate more than 500 hours/year may be exempt from ELV compliance
No derogations (other than short-term in circumstances where normal fuel supply is interrupted).
Triennial measurement of ELVs for plants in the 1 -20 MW RTI.
Annual measurement of ELVs for plants in the 20-50 MW RTI.
Environmental inspection system for MCPs to be set up, but no frequency specified.
The above exclusion states direct hearting or drying but we believe many of the systems used operate
indirect heating/drying using water or air therefore these may not be excluded. We are also unsure at
this stage if aggregated thermal input for a site will be included.
Defra wants feedback on the proposal by mid-February. If you can provide any information regarding
the following that would be extremely helpful to the success of our lobbying:
Do we have any information about plant performance, efficiency, capacity, fuel use, expected life-span
and emissions?
If we do not have this information we also need to report this.
Should the 1MW threshold be higher and why? Will the 500hr/yr exemption be helpful?
Do we have examples of plants where we have doubts about the applicability of exclusion e.g. indirect
heating systems?
Please also provide general comments and observations
1 MW = 3,412,142 BTU(British thermal units)/hour
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