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Policy & Regulation

EU BREF regulation adds to grim outlook for coal

Tougher EU regulations on airborne emissions will exacerbate the impact of higher CO2 prices and may lead to more closures of coal-fired power plants across Europe Tougher EU regulations on airborne emissions will exacerbate the impact of higher CO2 prices and may lead to more closures of coal-fired power plants across Europe.
By Andreas Walstad 5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34854
Staudinger coal-powered plant near Frankfurt, Germany. (EP)

The key issue: Tougher retrofitting requirements for coal-fired power plants under the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive will take effect in 2021 and are already contributing to plant closures in Europe.

Interfax analysis: Europe’s coal-fired power plant operators have plenty to worry about aside from higher prices for carbon dioxide allowances and dire profit margins.

Tighter EU regulations for emissions of nitrous oxides, sulphur dioxide, mercury and tiny pieces of harmful dust known as particulate matter are entering into force from mid-2021. The revised...