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Emissions of primary particulates - outlook from WBCSD (Outlook 024) - Assessment published Jun 2007

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Key policy question: What are prospects in reducing emissions of PM across Europe?

Key messages

In OECD-Europe countries efforts have been underway for decades to reduce particulates (PM-10). Progress in reducing total PM-10 has been slower. Emissions per vehicle kilometer for light-duty vehicles have been substantially reduced. But growth in transport activity and problems in controlling in-use emissions have tended to offset some of the hoped-for improvements.

The situation regarding primary particulates in the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe, especially in rapidly-growing urbanized areas, is somewhat different. PM is expected not to be reduced as easily or as quickly. It is expected that total PM emissions will increase certainly for the next few decades and perhaps longer, before eventually declining.

Projections of average emissions (g/km) across vehicle stock, by PM-10

Note: No individual countries are presented

Data source:

WBCSD (2004), World Business Council for Sustainable Development, (2004), Mobility 2030: Meeting the challenges to sustainability Online available spread sheet

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Projections of total emissions of PM Light-duty Vehicles, Freight Trucks, Buses, and 2-3 wheelers (thousand tonnes per year)

Note: No individual countries are presented

Data source:

WBCSD (2004), World Business Council for Sustainable Development, (2004) Mobility 2030: Meeting the challenges to sustainability Online available spread sheets

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Key assessment

In OECD-Europe countries efforts have been underway for decades to reduce particulates (PM-10). Progress in reducing total PM-10 has been slower. Emissions per vehicle kilometer for light-duty vehicles have been substantially reduced. But growth in transport activity and problems in controlling in-use emissions have tended to offset some of the hoped-for improvements.

It now appears that the efforts to curtail the total volume of emissions of PM are bearing fruit. Much tighter vehicle emissions standards have been enacted, and the equipment to support them is being installed on new vehicles. The cleaner fuels required to permit this equipment to operate effectively are being produced and made widely available, at least in the developed world. For these reasons, it reasonable to project sharp reductions in the emissions of these "conventional" pollutants given policies now in place (or about to be implemented) in most OECD-Europe countries.

The situation regarding particulates in the Eastern Europe (especially its rapidly-growing urbanized areas) is somewhat different. PM-10 emissions will not be reduced as easily or as quickly. Transport activity is projected to grow much more rapidly in most Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe countries and regions than in the OECD Europe. The rate of introduction of vehicle pollution control technology and the necessary related fuels in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe countries lags considerably behind that in OECD Europe. In the reference scenario, this lag is projected to continue but not worsen. It is assumed that assuring compliance with pollution control standards may prove more difficult in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europethan OECD countries.

It is expected that total emissions of PM will increase in many countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europe (FSU on the graph), certainly for the next few decades and perhaps longer, before eventually declining.

The main reason of the decreasing amount of PM emissions appeared from the implementations of the strict standards and controls required by the accessed EU emission sectoral legislation and accordingly to the main policy, which addressed air pollution issues in Europe, the National emission ceilings directive. While temporary increasing of PM in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and South Eastern Europecountries are caused by increasing economical growth and, therefore, transport activity in the region.

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Anita Pirc Velkavrh

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