Report on Hard Coal/Lignite Fired Power Plants in EU28

Adopted in April 2017 new EU’s regulations – LCP BREF impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants from all 2,900 Large Combustion Plants in the EU. Stricter limits will have to be met by 2021 for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), tiny particulate matter (PM), and for the first time, air pollution limits have been set for mercury. This means that as of 2021 all LCPs across Europe will have to comply with the BAT conclusions of the LCP BREF and Member States will need to decide how strictly they implement the updated rules, which could require the biggest polluters to either invest in pollution abatement techniques or shut down for good.

The ECF has commissioned DNV GL to identify the required measures and costs per Member States to comply with the higher end of the yearly average emission levels (BAT- AELs) imposed by the recently revised Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for Large Combustion Plants (LCP BREF).

The report is available here.