The European Parliament voted on the Medium Combustion Plant Directive

The proposed MCP Directive setting limit values for health-threating emissions for medium combustion plants, including biogas CHPs, was backed by a comfortable majority of the Parliament’s plenary on the 7th of October.

The proposed legislation covers combustion plants with a rated thermal input of 1 to 50MWs, introducing maximum limit values for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust. Biogas powered CHPs also fall under the scope of this regulation, where a distinction is made between new plants and existing ones.

The Council and the European Parliament negotiated an informal compromise during the trilogues of last June, which the Parliament formally validated during the last Strasburg plenary on the 7th of October. You can find the text here. The Council still has to formally validate the agreed text for the MCP Directive to take effect, what is expected to happen in the coming months.