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Incinerators face production limits

An update on progress in the implementation of the European Commission's Large Combustion Plants Directive (LCPD) could have massive implications for incineration plants.

The Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) believe that the European Commission has accepted its idea for a 'combined approach', which requires emission reductions are met by limiting air pollutants from each plant and by controlling carbon dioxide emissions on a national level.

The LCPD could greatly reduce the output of energy from waste facilities, with emissions restrictions being placed on combustion facilities with output equal or greater than 50MW.

A DEFRA spokeswoman said: "There is still a lot to talk through, especially regarding what constitutes a large combustion plant. An incinerator would probably fall into this category as energy from waste, but we are still waiting to hear what exactly constitutes a large combustion plant."

If incinerators do indeed fall into this bracket, the directive, set to come into force in January 2008, would place stringent restrictions on the plant's output.

Discussions are ongoing between Government officials, the Commission and stakeholders, with a final decision on the directive's implementation expected before the end of this year.

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