Reducing air pollution - National emission ceilings for air pollutants

06-10-2016

Despite significant progress in recent decades, air pollution levels in the European Union still have adverse impacts on the environment and on health. The European Commission estimates that health-related costs of air pollution in the EU range from 390 to 940 billion euros per year. The proposed directive, which would replace the current National Emission Ceilings Directive, sets binding national reduction objectives for six air pollutants (SO2, NOx, NMVOCs, NH3, PM2.5 and CH4) to be met by 2020 and 2030. It will also implement the Gothenburg Protocol as amended in 2012. The European Commission estimates that implementation costs would range from 2.2 to 3.3 billion euros per year. On 30 June 2016, Commission, Council and Parliament reached an agreement in interinstitutional trilogue negotiations. The agreement, endorsed by the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on 12 July 2016, is expected to be submitted for a first-reading vote in the November I plenary. This briefing updates an earlier edition, of 23 November 2015: PE 572.780. A more recent edition of this document is available. Find it by searching by the document title at this address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/home.html

Despite significant progress in recent decades, air pollution levels in the European Union still have adverse impacts on the environment and on health. The European Commission estimates that health-related costs of air pollution in the EU range from 390 to 940 billion euros per year. The proposed directive, which would replace the current National Emission Ceilings Directive, sets binding national reduction objectives for six air pollutants (SO2, NOx, NMVOCs, NH3, PM2.5 and CH4) to be met by 2020 and 2030. It will also implement the Gothenburg Protocol as amended in 2012. The European Commission estimates that implementation costs would range from 2.2 to 3.3 billion euros per year. On 30 June 2016, Commission, Council and Parliament reached an agreement in interinstitutional trilogue negotiations. The agreement, endorsed by the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on 12 July 2016, is expected to be submitted for a first-reading vote in the November I plenary. This briefing updates an earlier edition, of 23 November 2015: PE 572.780. A more recent edition of this document is available. Find it by searching by the document title at this address: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/home.html