August 1, 2015
On July 15, 2015, the European Parliament Environment Committee agreed on tougher new national caps on six major air pollutants than those proposed by the European Commission. The committee vote is part of a major revision to EU air quality legislation which seeks to reduce the effects air pollution has on human health and the environment, according to a report from DieselNet.
The Committee adopted a proposal to tighten the national caps on emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia, fine particle particulate matter (PM 2.5), and methane. The proposal would result in emissions reductions by 70% across the EU and an estimated saving of €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.
The Committee wants the future national emission ceiling (NEC) directive to include caps on mercury (Hg) from 2020, as well as the new caps in all member states on emissions of the six air pollutants to be achieved by 2020 and 2030, that are proposed by the Commission.
In order to ensure progress towards the goals set for 2030, the Environment Committee suggests that midpoint emissions targets for 2025 be added to the legislation. The midpoint targets would be fully binding for all pollutants, with the exception of CH4.
What this means to you
Members of the European Parliament Environment Committee votes to tighten caps on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia, fine particle particulate matter (PM 2.5), and methane. The proposal would result in emissions reductions by 70% across the EU.
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