On 17 August 2017 the BAT Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants (LCP) were published in the Official Journal of Laws of the European Union. The BAT Conclusions for LCP mainly cover the energy and heating sectors.

A 4-year period to adjust installations to the requirements established in the BAT Conclusions for LCP started as of its date of publication, i.e. 17 August 2017. The IPPC permit issuing authority has 6 months from 17 August 2017 to compliance check the IPPC permits against the requirements laid down in the BAT Conclusions for LCP.

If the compliance checking reveals a need to amend an IPPC permit, the authority should:

  • inform the operator of the installation that it must adjust the installation within 4 years of 17 August 2017 to the requirements contained in the BAT Conclusions for LCP; and
  • require the operator of the installation to apply for an amendment of the IPPC permit within one year of the date of delivery of the request, specifying the scope of the application related to the amendments resulting from the compliance checking

A derogation from the emission limit values established in the BAT Conclusions for LCP may be applied for under the Environmental Protection Act.