UK likely to oppose new SO2 limit for boilers

Sulphur emission limits for medium-sized new combustion plant have been proposed by the European Commission.1 They are likely to be opposed by the UK on the grounds that much British coal contains so much sulphur that it could not be burned in such boilers without desulphurisation equipment, and because of the precedent they may set for future EC controls on large and small boilers.

The proposal fills a gap left in the Directive on large combustion plant when it was adopted in 1988. This laid down emission rules for plant above 50MWth, but due in part to objections from the UK no SO2 emission limits for new solid fuel boilers in the 50-100MWth range were included in the final text. Instead, these were to have been set in 1990, on the basis of a Commission report on the availability of low-sulphur fuel.


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