Planned power plants in the Balkans need review as EU adopts tougher pollution standards

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network , Published on: 3 May 2017

The European Union has...approved an updated set of binding standards for power plants, which include new, stricter pollution limits. The standards, known as the LCP BREF...will help prevent thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution from coal power plants, by restricting emissions of sulphur dioxide, dust, nitrous oxides, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and mercury...[A]s soon as the new standards are published in the EU’s Official Journal later this year, they will also apply to new plants across most of the region. Therefore, governments in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – where planned new coal power plants are most likely to be affected by the updated BREF – need to revisit investment plans to ensure the project designs are indeed in line with the new standards and consider the possible financial implications.

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