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Implementation of emissions standards postponed to mid-2020


The Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions lays down rules on integrated prevention and control of pollution arising from industrial activities to prevent or, where that is not practicable, to reduce emissions into air, water and land and to prevent the generation of waste. This Directive imposes tighter emissions standards on existing combustion plants with thermal input greater than 50 MW from 2016.

The Government, taking into account reasonable wishes of companies operating combustion plants, took advantage of the provisions of the Directive allowing to submit a transitional national plan to the European Commission. This step was aimed at postponing the implementation of emissions standards until 30 June 2020 with respect to combustion plants included in the plan. This postponement is necessary to allow time for investment in abatement measures and avoid increasing the burden for consumers.

The following combustion plants are included in the plan submitted to the Commission: Kaunas Combined Heat and Power Plant, Combined Heat and Power Plant No 2 of Vilniaus Energija (two pollution sources), Combined Heat and Power Plant No 3 and Ateities District Boiler House No 8, Alytus District Boiler House of Alytaus Energija branch of Litesko and Marijampolė District Boiler House of Marijampolės Šiluma.

The Commission evaluated Lithuania's plan according to the established rules and approved it on 11 December 2013. The air pollution abatement measures listed in the plan must be implemented between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2020 ensuring compliance with annual thresholds of emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter specified in the plan for that period.

Since the plan is applicable to Lithuania, the requirements for each combustion plant laid down in the plan will be incorporated in the terms of the integrated pollution prevention and control permit issued to the particular plant.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas