Briefing and Factsheet

Factsheet

The CAFE programme and the thematic strategy on air pollution

Current levels of air pollution cause severe health impacts in the European Union, resulting in some 370,000 premature deaths each year, increased hospital admissions, extra medication, and millions of lost working days.
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Particles and health

Recent research indicates that fine particles (PM2.5) in the air in the year 2000 caused an average shortening of statistical life expectancy of more than eight months in the EU, equivalent to 3.6 million life years lost annually. This means that these particles have the most serious effects on people’s health of all air pollutants.
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Briefing

Cost-benefit analysis of using 0.5% marine heavy fuel oil in European sea areas

A lowering of the sulphur content of marine heavy fuel oil to 0.5 per cent would reduce SO2 emissions from international shipping around Europe by more than three quarters by 2010. The benefits of such a measure clearly outweigh the costs, according to this study.
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Renewable energy in the EU

Around 20 per cent of our global energy supply comes from renewable sources. In the EU the proportion is six per cent.
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Air pollution from ships

A briefing document by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), Seas At Risk (SAR), and the Swedish NGO Secretariat on Acid Rain.
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EU emission standards for light and heavy road vehicles

Emission requirements for light road vehicles have existed in the EU since the early 1970s, while the first requirements for heavy vehicles came in at the end of the 1980s.
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EU directive on national emission ceilings (NEC)

Directive 2001/81/EC on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants.
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EU on climate change: Targets, strategies and legislation

The EU was among the most active in the negotiations leading to the Kyoto protocol to the climate convention, urging the industrialized countries to reduce their emissions of the main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide – by 15 per cent between 1990 and 2010, with an interim target of 7.5 per cent for 2005.
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The Kyoto Protocol

– What just is in it –
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The Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

The 1979 Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution was the first multilateral treaty for dealing with air pollutants.  
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