elni Review 2009, Issue 2, pp. 86-87. https://doi.org/10.46850/elni.2009.013
The UK’s coal-fired power plants have a notorious history in the evolution of EU industrial policy, earning the UK the title of ‘the Dirty Man of Europe’. Prior to the introduction of the EU’s Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) system of industrial management, the UK operated a very similar system but without the benefit of exposure to international standards. The first Large Combustion Plant (LCP) Directive was therefore a key driver in pushing up standards within the UK, closing the dirtiest plants and introducing some modest controls on SO2 and NOx.