Air quality

The National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive was signed by the European Parliament and the Council on 14th December 2016. It was enforced on 31 December. This new system is the most essential part of the Clean Air Programme for Europe that was implemented by the Commission on 18 December 2013. The NEC Directive is intended to set more stringent limits on the five main pollutants in Europe, which are: fine particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, and ammonia.

Following agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the new directive setting National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) has been agreed setting stricter limits on the five main pollutants in Europe. The new legislation will enter into force on 31 December 2016. Member States will have until 30th June 2018  by which time the new Directive will reduce by almost 50% the negative health impacts of air pollution, such as respiratory diseases and premature death, by 2030.