The cost of damage caused by pollutant emissions into the air from the largest 14,000 industrial facilities in 2012 has been estimated as at least €59-189 billion, and half of the total cost was caused by just one per cent of the industrial plants.
The Commission proposes a range of policy and legislative packages to realise the Energy Union in the next five years. Environmental organisations are critical of mixed messages, inconsistencies and continued reliance on fossil fuels.
Lignite power in eastern Germany is disastrous for the climate and displaces more people than any other industry in Europe. Despite a target of 80 per cent renewable energy by 2050, phase-out plans are conspicuous by their absence.
Every year over 5,000 people in Sweden die prematurely due to air pollution, and the annual cost to society of health damage due to nitrogen oxides and particulate matter is estimated at SEK 42 billion.
In 2014, levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceeded the EU air quality limit value at about half of the monitoring stations on busy roads, according to preliminary evaluations by the German Federal Environment Agency ..
According to the Commission, the latest figures from Poland show that the maximum daily limit for fine dust particles (PM10) – that should have been achieved since 2005 – is being exceeded in 36 zones ..
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued updated air pollutant emission standards for woodstoves and set the first-ever federal standards for hydronic heaters, wood-fired forced air furnaces and pellet stoves.
On 14 January the Obama Administration announced a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40–45 per cent from 2012 levels by 2025. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ..