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Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD)

Meet MCPD guidelines with efficient LPG

Are you aware of the MCP Directive?

If you’re a medium-sized combustion plant (MCP) or generator, then you’ll need to comply with the government’s Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD).

MCPD has been put in place to help tackle air pollution across the UK. It means you’ll need to limit your emissions – specifically sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM).

What you may need to know


Who does it apply to?

The MCP directive applies to any combustion plant with a thermal rated input of between 1-50MWth. Emission controls apply, irrespective of fuel used (solid, liquid or gas) or equipment (e.g. boilers, furnaces, generators). There are, however, some exclusions, and these are listed under Article 2 of the MCPD


What is the deadline?

As of 20th December 2018, any new plant must meet the MCPD’s Emission Limit Values (ELVs). Existing plants over 5MW will need to meet requirements from 2025, and all plants must comply by 2030.


How do I comply?

In order to meet requirements, operators will need:

  • A permit by the relevant deadline (earliest is 20 December 18 for a new plant)
  • To monitor emissions, demonstrating compliance with applicable ELVs
  • To keep records of plant compliance (for at least 6 years)

What happens if I don’t comply?

Any business that doesn’t comply may face prosecution. Annual or 3-yearly tests will be conducted (depending on plant size) to ensure guidelines are adhered to.

Find out what emissions savings you could achieve by switching from oil to gas…
1. Your details
2. Your savings
When switching from to LPG* you could save up to…
  • KG CO2% savings
  • NOx% savings
  • PM% savings
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*Calculations based on provided amount of in comparison with the equivalent for LPG to generate the savings estimates.

UK Government Greenhouse Gas Conversion Factors 2018


National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory – Emissions Factor database 2016

Abbreviations: Nitrous Oxide (NOx). Particulate Matter (PM). Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

3. Get in touch

View our MCPD case study…

We approached Flogas as we knew that as the energy experts, they would be able to advise us of the environmental and cost benefits we could enjoy from switching fuels.

Andy Jardine | Malt Distilleries Engineering Manager

Switching to a cleaner fuel

If you’re currently powering your operations with oil or coal, then you could significantly cut your pollutant emissions by switching to a cleaner, greener alternative.

LPG not only has the lowest carbon footprint of all off-grid fossil fuels (emitting 33% less CO2 than coal*), but it offers a major reduction to NOx and SO2 emissions too – and emits almost zero particulate matter.

LPG (or LNG) will significantly help your plant to meet MCPD guidelines and avoid costly penalties. What’s more, by making the switch, you can also enjoy enhanced operational efficiencies and substantial cost savings (compared to oil).

Whether you’re switching from oil, switching from solid fuels or simply switching LPG supplier – we’ll manage the whole process from start to finish – with minimal downtime.

*Source: UKLPG response to A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings

Make the switch

Want to find out how LPG can help your business comply with the MCPD?