Technical Paper on EU MCP Directive Released

October 31, 2017

The EUDCA has reviewed Directive (EU) 2015/2193 on Medium Combustion Plants and the impact of the directive on data centres.

The Technical Committee of the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) has undertaken a detailed review of the European Directive 2015/2193 on Medium Combustion Plants and has issued two papers on the impact the directive will have on data centres. The directive, that will be transposed into domestic law be each member state by 19th December 2017, is likely to impact all data centres in procurement and maintenance procedures and may well affect permitting too.

Many data centre operators are unaware of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive that came into force on the 18th December 2015 and must be transposed into domestic law by each member state by 19th December 2017 but its impact is likely to be far ranging. Air pollution levels remain problematic in many parts of Europe with citizens being exposed to pollutants that are potentially damaging to their health and well being. The directive aims to reduce sulphur dioxides, nitrogen dioxides and dust and power generation has been identified as significantly contributing to the issue. Almost all data centres have power generation plant and this will be impacted by the new directive. The Technical Committee of the EDUCA has produced two papers on the directive, a short paper providing an overview of the directive and what its potential impacts may be, and a longer white paper with a detailed review of the directive and detailed next steps to be taken.

The short paper can be downloaded here and the longer full white paper is available to members by emailing papers@eudca.org.

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