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Higher ambitions needed for NEC

National emission reduction commitments for 2030 should ensure achievement of the World Health Organization’s recommended air quality levels.
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Six countries taken to court over air quality breaches

If EU countries do not urgently address their air pollution problems, the European Court of Justice can impose fines amounting to millions of euro.
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EU “Clean Air Outlook” up to 2030

The annual benefits of additional measures needed to achieve the 2030 national emissions ceilings are estimated at €13–58 billion, up to 84 times higher than the estimated costs.
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Member states ask EU to help hide their air pollution failure

Eleven governments have asked the European Commission to retrospectively raise their “emission ceilings” after breaching their national air pollution limits in 2016, namely: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland ...
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EU livestock numbers are too high

“What is the Safe Operating Space for EU livestock?” is the question at issue and the title of a new report from the Rise Foundation. Their preliminary analysis shows that the numbers of farm animals in Europe ...
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Consultation on 7th EAP

The European Commission announced in early May an open public consultation as part of its evaluation of the EU’s 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP).
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Consultation on Ambient Air Quality Directives

A public consultation announced in early May aims to collect views from stakeholders on the level of awareness of air quality challenges in general and the provisions of the Ambient Air Quality Directives ...
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Revolving doors threat to climate policy

On 2 May the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament launched a report that examines the relationships between governments and the fossil fuel industry.
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Tighter emission limits for EU power plants

Large combustion plants will have to meet new mandatory standards for the release of toxic air pollutants under the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive from 2021.
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One-third of existing coal capacity must retrofit or close

More than 100 coal-fired plants, representing one-third of the EU’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity, face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of the new EU emissions limits for large combustion plants ..
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