Emissions of acidifying substances
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2003
ClassificationAir pollution (Primary theme)
Policy issue: Are we reaching emission targets for acidifying substances?
Emissions of acidifying gases have decreased significantly in most EU Member States. In the EU emissions decreased by 41% between 1990 and 2001 despite an increase in gross domestic product (GDP) during this time. The decrease between 2000 and 2001 was 1.5%. Since 1990, the largest decrease in emissions has occurred in the energy industries sector, where emissions have been reduced by 60%. The most significant emission sources in 2001 were agriculture (31%), energy industries (26%), road transport (18%) and energy use in industry (11%). In 2001, the relative weighted contribution of sulphur emissions was 31%, NOx emissions 37% and NH3 emissions 32%.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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