Studded tyres are one of the targets in the Islandic air pollution programme. Photo: Royal Broil - Flickr.com/CC BY-SA
Iceland aims for zero
Iceland has published a national air pollution control programme, under which they aim to cut the number of days per year when particulates from traffic exceed health limits from the current 7-20, to zero. Increased duties on diesel, levies on studded tyres and more frequent dust binding on roads are part of the package.
Despite having Europe’s lowest levels of fine particles (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as well as a small population, the country still has 80 deaths a year that can be attributed to air pollution.
Soutce: ENDS Europe Daily, 24 November 2017.