“With Brexit on the horizon, it is perhaps easy to forget that EU directives still apply to the UK and that we are still required to comply with these for at least two years,” he told the environmental and sustainability news site in an article published on 20 July. A significant new directive, says Robin, is the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), which aims to regulate emissions from combustion plants with a capacity of between 1 and 50 MWth input. The MCPD must be implemented by member states by 19 December 2017.
Despite the deadline being set over a year ago, “ignorance of the MCPD requirements and timescales is not uncommon,” Robin continues. Owing to the fast-approaching deadline, companies, particularly those developing new designs, should be taking action now to ensure compliance.
“Companies with old plant will probably find the biggest challenge is finding the money to carry out the improvements likely to be required to meet the directive,” Robin told The Environmentalist. “There is a lot of very old equipment (boilers, generators, etc.) within this range, so there may be difficulties in retrofitting or upgrading it and it may be impossible to meet the requirements of the directive with old equipment still in place. There is also a shortage of engineers able to deal with this.
“As the clock ticks down to 19 December, businesses must start to take action to ensure they have the equipment available and the qualified staff employed to meet the directive,” he concludes.