UK stays ahead of EC targets for acid gas emissions

Emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides from large combustion plant in the UK showed only a modest decline in 1992, according to figures from the Department of the Environment (DoE). But the UK remains well ahead of schedule to meet EC targets for both pollutants.

Under the 1988 EC Directive on large combustion plants, the UK's emissions of SO2 from existing plants of more than 50MWth must be reduced by 60% by 2003 from a 1980 baseline. The target for NOx is a 30% reduction by 1998, also from a 1980 baseline.

In order to meet these targets, the Government has prepared a national plan which sets declining annual ceilings for both pollutants, and also allocates emission quotas t

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