Feedback needed on proposed Directive

The European Commission have recently proposed a Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCP). This Directive is designed to reduce emissions to the atmosphere. The NFU is concerned that this new Directive will impact the agricultural sector especially glasshouse growers, grain drying and biomass boilers.

Key features of the proposed MCP Directive are as follows:

  • Scope: 1 to 50 MW rated thermal input (RTI)
  • Pollutants measured: Nitrogen oxide (NOx), Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM)
  • Exclusions include plants whose combustion gases are used for direct heating, drying or other treatment
  • Registration, not permitting
  • Fixed emission limit values (ELVs)
  • Existing plant which do not operate more than 500 hours/year may be exempt from ELV compliance

Feedback on the proposed Directive is required by 14 February. This information will help us to build a stronger argument when asking for changes during the negotiations.

Read the NFU briefing on the proposed MCP directive (login to access)

Please provide feedback to NFU Environment Policy Advisor, Anna Simpson.

A full copy of the proposed Directive can be found on the European Commission website.


Last edited on: 29:01:2014

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  • Posted by: Anthony BoardmanPosted on: 30/01/2014 17:51:13

    Comment: Will this directive be applicable to grain dryers as their gases are used directly to dry grain.
  • Posted by: Richard GrahamPosted on: 31/01/2014 15:54:09

    Comment: Grain drying: Drying from 500 to 1000 tonnes of grain per year with an old Alvin Blanch double flow drier (no idea of thermal input.) so 500 hrs is a good figure for me. Takes me out of the scheme. However the dust from the cleaner and drier are perhaps a greater air pollutant. Is this next? More regulations and recording of activities.

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