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Exceeding air and noise targets costs EU €25bn

A new report by the European Commission shows the impact of failure on seven policy areas – air and noise, nature and biodiversity, water, waste, chemicals, industrial emissions and major accident hazards, and horizontal instruments – with a total annual cost to the EU’s economy amounting to €54.7bn.

Clean air legislation has proven hardest for member states to implement so far, with many countries still struggling with high emission levels. Air pollution and high noise levels were estimated to have cost the EU €24.6bn in 2018, largely due to healthcare costs and days missed in work and education.

Source:, 10 April 2019. Link to the report “The cost of not implementing EU environmental law”:


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