Hannes De Geest / CC Flickr
The Council reached a general approach on a draft directive on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants. The aim of the proposal is to improve air quality and human health.
The new directive is intended to cover, for the first time, medium-sized combustion plants with a rated thermal input of between 1 and 50 MW. These plants are a major source of emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (dust).
Italian Environment Minister and President of the Council Gian Luca Galletti said: "The Environment Council has taken Europe a step further towards the reduction of pollution and the improvement of air quality. This directive fills a gap in legislation and provides emission limits for small and medium combustion plants. The Council confirmed today the willingness to go further towards a concrete and ambitious emissions' reduction. We hope that this strong signal from the Council will promptly lead to an agreement with the Parliament".
For more information: Consiglio dell’Ue