Best Available Techniques (BAT) and coal fired power stations: Can the energy gap be plugged without increasing emissions?
Wilde, M. (2008) Best Available Techniques (BAT) and coal fired power stations: Can the energy gap be plugged without increasing emissions? Journal of Environmental Law, 20 (1). pp. 87-114. ISSN 1464-374X
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At present, there is much anxiety regarding the security of energy supplies; for example, the UK and other European States are set to become increasingly dependant upon imports of natural gas from states with which political relations are often strained. These uncertainties are felt acutely by the electricity generating sector, which is facing major challenges regarding the choice of fuel mix in the years ahead. Nuclear energy may provide an alternative; however, in the UK, progress in replacing the first generation reactors is exceedingly slow. A number of operators are looking to coal as a means of plugging the energy gap. However, in the light of ever more stringent legal controls on emissions, this step cannot be taken without the adoption of sophisticated pollution abatement technology. This article examines the role which legal concepts such as Best Available Techniques (BAT) must play in bringing about these changes.