The Danish Government and the European Commission have separately presented proposals for emission standards for new boilers and stoves. But to achieve noticeable near-term air pollution reductions it is essential to combine such standards with measures for existing installations.
It is now 2013, the year declared by environment commissioner Potočnik as the year of air, and in a speech at the EEB air quality conference on 8 January, he said that poor air quality was the cause of 420,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2010 ..
EU SO2 emissions have been cut by 80 per cent and NOx emissions halved between 1990 and 2010. Things are going to get even better, thanks to the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), introduced in 1988.
Emission levels of carbon dioxide from the transport sector have levelled off, after the sharp reductions that followed the economic crisis in 2008. However there is still a notable absence of structural changes, such as modal shifts.
Significant additional emission reductions and accompanying environmental improvements can be achieved in the EU over the next 10-15 years. Health benefits alone far outweigh the extra costs for emission control.
Long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) can trigger atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) review released on 31 January.
Two-thirds of EU ecosystems are currently exposed to more nitrogen deposition than they can cope with and one-tenth is receiving too much acid fallout. Significant additional reductions in the emissions of ammonia, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide ...
By applying already known techniques and agricultural practices, the EU could reduce agricultural emissions of ammonia by more than 30 per cent, figures show in a new report from the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA).
On 19 January, after four years of deliberation, more than 140 countries agreed on the first global treaty to cut mercury pollution. It contains a mixture of mandatory and voluntary elements intended to control the growing global mercury crisis.
Introducing road charges for heavy goods vehicles that reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries would mean charges should be much higher in some countries compared to others.
The European Commission on 25 January told France it will not authorise any EU country to seek an extension of the deadline for the 2015 sulphur limit of 0.10 per cent for marine fuels used in the European Sulphur Emission Control Areas ..
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December finalised an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5), setting the annual health standard ..
On 11 December, the Council adopted a regulation laying down new safety and environmental requirements for motorcycles and other L-category motor vehicles (mopeds, quads and small vehicles with three or four wheels).
Ambient air quality is poor in many EU countries – despite an obligation for governments to ensure good air quality for citizens. Excessive levels of particulate matter (PM10) have led the Commission to take action against ..
In December, countries in Europe and North America ended three years of negotiations by agreeing updated emission control requirements for particulate matter and the three heavy metals cadmium, lead and mercury ..
Cleaning up mercury pollution and reducing prenatal exposure to methylmercury could save the European Union at least €9 billion per year, according to a new study published in the Environmental Health journal.
The European Commission has dismissed all applications from France to delay a 2010 deadline for meeting the EU’s NO2 air quality standard. It has also rejected many requests from Germany for derogations.
On 8 February, the EU heads of state agreed on a new budget for 2014–2020, which includes cuts by €32 billion compared with the previous budget period. Several budget items that are of major importance for green investments ..
More than 40 per cent energy generated by renewables and 38 per cent less energy use compared to business as usual by 2030, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases by 50 per cent compared to 1990 – these are the main ..
Energy efficiency measures can lead to significantly lower energy prices, according to a recent study commissioned by Climate Action Network and Friends of the Earth Europe. Every €1 saved on not using energy ..
Environmental Policy in the EU – Actors, Institutions and Processes. Non-students can also benefit from an educational overview of EU environment policy. The book, which is the third revised edition, contains short summaries ..