The Medium Combustion Plant (European) Directive (MCPD) is an instrument targeted at reducing air pollution by bringing in emission controls for combustion plants in the 1-50MWth range.
The MCPD was supported by the UK as it will deliver a cost-effective improvement in air quality. The Directive requires all plants in scope to be registered or permitted and sets limits on the levels of pollutants that these plants can emit according to their type, size, age, fuel type and annual operating hours. It also requires operators to test emissions from their plants to demonstrate compliance with emission limits. The MCPD must be transposed into UK law by 19 December 2017. The controls will apply to new plants from December 2018. Existing plants must comply with requirements from 2024 or 2029, depending largely on size. Full implementation will be achieved in 2030. This legislation will be implemented in the UK.
The European MCPD will be added to ENV Air in the Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers and Checklists.
Consultation has occurred in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The consultation response is published (England and Wales) here.
England : the Environment Agency will be appointed as the regulator in England. For higher risk plants, where the impact on local air quality must be assessed to determine permit conditions, Local Authorities will be consulted. The Environment Agency will consult on fees and charges as part of its strategic review of charges.
Wales : the Welsh government is considering the matter of regulatory responsibility in relation to plant in Wales.
(1) not all less than 1MW plant will be permitted
(2) control will be via the Environmental Permitting regime (England and Wales), there will be no change to other legislation