At the end of last year the Environmental Permitting regulation was updated to include the EU’s ‘Medium Combustion Plant Directive’. Set to come into effect at the end of this year, we wanted to understand how it would affect our customers and the data centre industry as a whole, so we sat down with Steve Lorimer who heads up our consultancy teams to find out more.
What is the Medium Combustion Plant Directive?
Part of the EU’s clean air policy package, the MCPD aims to regulate and reduce the amount of Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrous Oxide emissions from generators and plant equipment. The 2018 deadline will only apply to new plant equipment with deadlines in 2024 and 2029 for existing plant, depending on size.
What will it affect?
The new regulation only currently applies to plant equipment with a thermal rated input of between 1MW – 50MW. For diesel generators this applies to equipment with a rated electrical output as a guide between 400kVA – 500kVA and above.
However if you have plant equipment that meets the above criterial but is used for standby or backup power and are tested for less than 50 hours per year this will not apply.
In the data centre industry this will mainly affect organisations that use plant for Demand Side Response (DSR) schemes such as STOR (Short Term Operating Reserve), peak lopping or in continuous use.
What do I need to do to comply with MCPD?
If you’re unsure if your equipment falls under the regulation our consultants can support with plant reviews, monitoring, any upgrades that may be required as well as applying for the appropriate permitting.