EEA hails large combustion plant directive as ‘success story’

EU legislation to cut emissions from large combustion plants has played a vital role in curbing air pollution, according to a new study by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The agency found a “staggering reduction” in long-range transboundary air pollutants emitted by the EU’s fleet of large combustion plants (LCPs), including cuts of 81% in sulphur dioxide, 49% in nitrogen oxides and 77% in dust between 2004 and 2015. 

There is a clear link to EU clean air legislation, the EEA study indicates. Emissions from power stations, oil refineries, chemical plants, steel manufacturers and paper mills were covered by the Large Combustion Plant Directive, which was incorporated into the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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