Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) Directive


Directive (EU) 2015/2193 of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 November 2015 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants regulates pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1 megawatt (MWth) and less than 50 MWth.

The MCP Directive entered into force on 18 December 2015 and will have to be transposed by Member States by 19 December 2017.

It regulates emissions of SO2, NOx and dust into the air with the aim of reducing those emissions and the risks to human health and the environment they may cause. It also lays down rules to monitor emissions of carbon monoxide (CO).

The emission limit values set in the MCP Directive will have to be applied from 20 December 2018 for new plants and by 2025 or 2030 for existing plants, depending on their size. There is some flexibility for biomass installations.

The role of biomass

This Directive apply to combustion plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than 1 MW and less than 50 MW, irrespective of the type of fuel used, including biomass.

Our position

AEBIOM welcomes the legislation to limit certain pollutants as the sector is committed and strongly involved in progress and innovation.

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