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KieranLewko Sep 05, 2019 05:26 PM
Hello EEA. I am inquiring to see if you have any information available regarding European coal fired power plants and the measures in place to reduce mercury emissions?
The US Energy Information Administration has very in-depth documentation where it states all coal fired power plants in the US (active or decommissioned) and the mercury prevention techniques implemented at each of those plants. I am looking for a similar document for Europe?

I am looking to find information regarding European coal fired power plants that are using Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) as a mercury control measure.

Any information would be helpful!

Thank You!
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EEA Sep 09, 2019 09:59 AM
Dear M. Kierna Lewko,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Unfortunately, the EEA does not possess a definitive list of coal-fired power plants in Europe. However, the EEA has do have the Large Combustion Plant inventory from which one can extract coal fired plants above 50MW. Please see: https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/lcp-9 .

Also, the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) contains enough information to at least produce a rough list by filtering for activity 1.(c) Thermal power stations and then look for high SOx values. Please see: https://prtr.eea.europa.eu/#/home .

The EU Registry on Industrial Sites (which will be in place next year) will facilitate this type of queries by bringing both reportings together. Information on derogations that will become available, will help making the picture regarding control of pollution clearer.

Control of mercury emissions from coal plants is currently guaranteed by the Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BREF) and Best Available Technique (BAT) conclusions. Mercury is addressed specifically there. Please see: https://eippcb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reference/lcp.html .

We might also suggest you to check out the work of NGOs on this matter, for example EEB’s Beyond Coal project at https://beyond-coal.eu/data/ .

We hope that this may be useful for you.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
KieranLewko Sep 09, 2019 05:41 PM

This information is helpful, thank you!

I am curious if you could help steer me in the right direction yet again.

I work for a clean technology company called NULIFE GreenTech, based in Canada. We produce renewable products from landfill diverted waste. One of our renewable products in activated bio-carbon. This product has very low greenhouse gas emissions. We have tested in compared to market activated carbon for mercury filtration. Our product has tested identical, if not superior, to commercially available activated carbon products. Our product is a sustainable product that is cost competitive to current options while being environmentally friendly.

Here is our website: www.nulifegreentech.com

We are looking at exploring our options in the European Union to provide coal fired power plants with an environmentally friendly alternative to market activated carbon to help achieve mercury emission reduction targets.

Do you have any suggestions on where to begin with an endeavour like this? Any contacts you recommend getting in touch with? Any information you think would be helpful in pursuing this European market?

Thank you so much!

Kieran Lewko
EEA Sep 10, 2019 10:22 AM
Dear M. Kieran Lewko,

Although we appreciate your genuine contributions to the environmental cause, it is beyond the EEA working remit to develop, implement or promote technical solutions or market products that may improve the environment.

You may however find useful to consult the Practical guide to doing business in Europe, which is available on the Europa website at https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/.

We wish you all the best in your endeavours.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service