Transport contribution to air quality
Assessment made on 01 Sep 2003
ClassificationTransport (Primary theme)
- TERM 004
Policy issue: Meet EU air quality standards set for protection of human health
- Road transport is the largest contributor to NOx emissions in Europe and the second largest for PM10. The data analysed from selected stations in major urban agglomerations indicate that both mean and maximum values of NO2 concentrations at road traffic stations appear to remain stable during the period 1999-2001 and are accompanied by a similar tendency in the background concentrations. For PM10 the situation appears more complex, since mean values at road traffic stations appear to remain stable, whereas the maximum values vary considerably over the same period. Both mean and maximum urban background PM10 values remain stable. Overall the decrease in emissions does not appear to have a significant influence on the air quality and the increase in the number of vehicles is off-setting the technological and fuel quality improvements.
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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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