Air quality

Pierre Moscovici, the French Commissioner, speaking on behalf of the EU executive, at the closing session of the Paris Clean Air Forum said that Member States inaction is a key brake on efforts to improve air quality.  In particular, he criticised Member States for not having been bold enough to introduce green taxes.  Whilst some Member States were seeking to modernise their tax systems as a means to decarbonise their economies and comply with the recently agreed climate targets, not enough was been done across the Member States and in particular no immediate plans for fiscal reforms that

Last week, at the Paris Clean Air Forum, attended by Bruno Weinzaepfel from AFITE, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency launched their new Air Quality Index and an Air Quality Atlas.The Air Quality Index has a user-friendly interactive map that shows the local air quality situation, based on five key pollutants that harm people's health and the environment: particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ground-level ozone(O3),nitrogen dioxide(N

The 21st European Forum on Eco-innovation will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 5-6 February 2018. The Forum will examine eco-innovative solutions for improving air quality. It will bring together companies and public authorities that have already succeeded in developing and deploying effective new technologies, or innovative business and governance models, with those who are looking for such solutions and practices.

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.