The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 amend the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 to transpose Article 14(5) to (9) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) 2012/27/EU. They came into force on 21 March and apply to operators of certain combustion installations in England and Wales.
Increase cost-effective energy efficiency
The transposed provisions in Article 14(5) to (9) require EU countries to ensure that a cost-benefit analysis is carried out in accordance with Part 2 of Annex IX of the Directive to assess whether the installation of cogeneration (CHP) or waste heat recovery systems would be cost-beneficial, with the aim to increase cost-effective energy efficiency.
New definition of ‘Part B installations’ for new cost-benefit analysis requirements
- The 2015 Amendment Regulations introduce changes to the scope of the definition of ‘Part B installations‘ for the purposes of the new cost-benefit analysis requirements by providing for the aggregation of the net rated thermal input of appliances operated by the same operator on the same site. Where this exceeds 20 megawatts, the installations is considered a ‘Part B installation’.
- A cost-benefit analysis will be included in applications for environmental permits for new or substantially refurbished installations. The analysis will involve assessing the cost and benefits of installations using waste heat or operating as cogeneration installations.