Air pollution trading heated up in 2010

The entry of Alcan's Lynemouth power station to the NERP air pollution trading scheme last year led to greater demand for sulphur dioxide allocations.

There was a surge in demand for sulphur dioxide (SO2) allocations last year under the UK’s national emissions reduction plan (NERP) air pollution trading scheme for major emitters, according to Environment Agency figures.

A major reason was the reluctant entry of Alcan’s 420-megawatt Lynemouth power station to the scheme (ENDS Report, July 2010). The government had unsuccessfully argued before the European Court of Justice that the plant was exempt from the EU large combustion plant (LCP) directive (ENDS Report, May 2010).

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