Commissioner Potocnik visits the ENEP/EFCA Green Week Stand
Commissioner Potočnik met with ENEP and EFCA representatives on Friday 7th June before giving his closing address to Green Week 2013. In his speech “Only one air” the Commissioner summed up the week on air by confirming that leading health experts had confirmed the strong scientific evidence for negative health effects from air pollution , Climate change experts underlined the need to address air pollution and climate change in parallel, experts had outlined the dangers of black carbon and methane emissions, that public awareness is of key importance for the implementation of existing air policy and the success of any future air pollution strategy. Finally, Potočnik confirmed that he would bring forawrd a comprehensive air policy package in the autumn with a revised and strengthened air policy strategy with the following key components:
- Implement and ensure full compliance with existing air quality legislation up to 2020 at the very latest;
- Set out a long term “Zero Impact” vision, and concrete intermediate air quality objectives for the period beyond 2020,
- Identify concrete measures to support the achievements of these objectives, and ensure that European businesses can tap the full potential of the rapidly expanding market for pollution abatement technology and services.