The NFU is consulting members over new EU legislation that could result in additional costs for glasshouse growers.

The Medium Combustion Plant (MCP) Directive has been proposed by the European Commission as part of its Clean Air Policy Programme to reduce emissions, and will apply to combustion plants of 1MW to 50MW.

The NFU is concerned that growers who heat glasshouses using a biomass boiler could be affected.

The directive is in the early stages of the EU legislative process but the NFU believes some growers may be forced to spend money on abatement systems or replace existing boilers as a result of its provisions. “There is plenty of opportunity to influence its scope. However, we need to gather evidence on this topic to provide a strong argument for any proposed changes,” said Anna Simpson, environment policy adviser at the NFU.