Consultation on Improving air quality (UK)

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published on 16 November 2016 a Consultation on reducing emissions from Medium Combustion Plants and Generators to improve air quality.

This consultation seeks views on proposals designed to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants from medium sized combustion plants and generators in England and Wales.

These plants are a significant source of air pollutants (oxides of nitrogen -NOx, particulate matter -PM, sulphur dioxide -SO2) which impact on air quality. This consultation is jointly issued by Defra and the Welsh Government.

This consultation seeks views on draft plans to implement the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) and emission controls on generators in order to improve air quality. Medium Combustion Plants and generators are a significant source of air pollution and many are not currently regulated in the UK.

The Government’s primary driver for action on air quality is the impact it can have on health and the environment.

The MCPD is a new Directive which introduces cost effective emission controls on new plants from December 2018 and existing plants in 2025 and 2030, depending on size.

Distortions in the energy market are giving rise to an increase in generators which emit high levels of air pollutants and quick action is needed to control emissions from these plants. MCPD requirements are not sufficient to prevent this increase and we are seeking your views on additional proposals to limit the emissions from these generators.

This consultation applies to England and Wales only. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar will lay their own legislation.

This consultation includes the consultation document, the draft Impact Assessment (IA) and an Environment Agency (EA) modelling study which is referred to in the consultation document.

This consultation closes on 8 February 2017.