Keywords: electricity companies, environmental impact assessment, environmental permits
Methodologies for atmospheric pollution assessment and the procedures for environmental permits in large combustion plants in Europe
The procedures followed by the European electricity companies for securing operation licenses and obtaining environmental permits, as well as the content of the environmental permits and authorisation documents, have been reviewed. The review aims to identify different and common elements of the procedures, since most of the companies recognise that the interaction between environmental procedures and the approval process is very complicated. In addition, the regulatory dispersion models used by these companies for environmental impact assessment studies are considered. The work is mainly based on information collected from electricity companies and environmental agencies in England, France, Italy, Germany and Greece. The results of these intercomparisons help to obtain a consensus view about the environmental issue for large combustion plants across Europe.