Contracting Parties take steps to limit air pollution from large combustion plants

Five Contracting Parties, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine, submitted their national emission reduction plans (NERPs) to the Secretariat by the deadline of end 2015. This marks a highly important milestone in preparing for the implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (as amended by Decision 2013/05/MC-EnC of the Ministerial Council), which is to commence on 1 January 2018. The Large Combustion Plants Directive sets maximum limits for three pollutants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust). The NERPs, as an implementation option provided by the Directive, set overall ceilings for the conglomerate of combustion plants brought under their scope. According to the Decision, the Secretariat has 9 months to analyze the plans and provide comments, if necessary.


Furthermore, the Directive allows operators of combustion plants to subject their installations to the so-called limited lifetime derogation via a written declaration by the same deadline (end 2015). This means that for a maximum of 20,000 operational hours between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2023, the plant can be kept in operation while not meeting the emission limit values of the Large Combustion Plants Directive. However, once the 20,000 operational hours limit is reached or, in any case, from 1 January 2024 onwards, the plant must either be shut down or continue operating as a new plant – and meet the more stringent requirements on emissions into the air. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine informed the Secretariat of such written declarations by operators in their territories. According to Decision 2013/05/MC-EnC, the Ministerial Council has to approve the list of opted-out plants. 

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