The Energy Community Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address its breach of the Large Combustion Plants Directive in the case of the coal-fired thermal power plant in Morava. TPP continues to operate despite the expiry of its limited lifetime derogation period.
Opt-out was granted to selected installations by the Energy Community Ministerial Council following a written declaration not to operate a plant for more than 20,000 hours after 1 January 2018.
This is an implementation alternative to compliance with the emission limits set by the Large Combustion Plants Directive. Following the expiry of the 20,000 hours, the plants concerned can only remain in operation if they meet the stricter standards of the Industrial Emissions Directive. This is, however, not the case for TPP Morava, which reached the end of the limited lifetime derogation in the 2022 reporting year.
The approaching end of the opt-out period for all plants concerned has been continuously flagged by the Secretariat in its Annual Implementation Reports since the entry into force of the Large Combustion Plants Directive on 1 January 2018.