The government has passed legislation introducing new emissions limits for mid-sized generators. The legislation partly represents the transposition of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) into UK law.
For new plants, the limits will come into effect from 20 December 2018, whilst for existing plants the limits will apply from 1 January 2025 if they have thermal input of more than 5MW, and from 1 January 2030 if they have thermal input of up to 5MW.
The new regulations are expected to provide 43% of the sulphur dioxide emissions reduction, 9% of the reduction for particulate matter, and 22% of the nitrogen oxides emissions reduction needed to meet the UK’s 2030 targets.
Further information regarding the MCPD can be found at: www.gov.uk