Why medium combustion plants are starting to feel the heat

With around 34,700 medium combustion plants operating in the UK, the impacts of new EU rules limiting emissions of certain pollutants into the air from such plants are already being felt

According to government estimates, around 35,000 medium combustion plants (MCPs) are operating in the UK. MCPs typically provide power or heating for industrial sites and large buildings, such as offices, schools and hospitals and include boilers, engines, turbines and backup generators. They are now subject to new controls under the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant Directive, agreed in 2015, which seeks to regulate emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input equal to or greater than one megawatt and less than 50MW.

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