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Highlight Hot summer weather exacerbating ozone pollution
Unusually high temperatures this summer may be contributing to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe in recent weeks, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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Figure Distance-to-target for EEA member countries
The 'distance to target' results are shown in light yellow (countries need to do more to be on track to meet their ceiling in 2010) and green (countries are on track to meet their ceiling in 2010)
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Indicator Assessment Emissions of ozone precursors (CSI 002/APE 008) - Assessment published Dec 2011
Emissions of the main ground-level ozone precursor pollutants have decreased across the EEA-32 region between 1990 and 2009; nitrogen oxides (NO X ) by 41%, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) by 51%, carbon monoxide (CO) by 61%, and methane (CH 4 ) by 27%. This decrease has been achieved mainly as a result of the introduction of catalytic converters for vehicles. These changes have significantly reduced emissions of NO X and CO from the road transport sector, the main source of ozone precursor emissions. The EU-27 is still some way from meeting its 2010 target to reduce emissions of NO X , one of the two ozone precursors (NO X and NMVOC) for which emission limits exist under the EU’s National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD). Whilst total NMVOC emissions in the EU-27 were below the NECD limit in 2009, a number of individual Member States anticipate missing their ceilings for one or either of these two pollutants. Of the three non-EU countries having emission ceilings for 2010 set under the UNECE/CLRTAP Gothenburg protocol (Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), all three countries reported NMVOC emissions in 2009 that were lower than their respective 2010 ceilings. However both Liechtenstein and Norway reported NO X emissions in 2009 that were substantially higher than their respective 2010 ceilings.
Located in Data and maps Indicators Emissions of ozone precursors
Figure Overall change in emissions of ozone precursors by country, 1990-2007
The graph shows the change in energy-related emissions of ozone precursors (NOx, NMVOC, CO and CH4) each weighted by an ozone formation factor prior to aggregation to represent their respective ozone forming potentials. The relative impact of the combined contribution of NOx, NMVOC, CO and CH4 to ozone formation can be assessed based on their tropospheric ozone forming potentials (TOFP): nitrogen oxides 1.22, non-methane volatile organic compounds 1.0, carbon monoxide 0.11 and methane 0.014 (de Leeuw 2002).
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Figure Sector contributions of ozone precursor emissions (EEA member countries)
The contribution made by different sectors to emissions of the tropospheric (ground-level) ozone precursors.
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Figure Emissions by sector of ozone precursors
Due to numerical rounding, values may not add exactly to 100%
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Common environmental theme Air pollution - Why care? (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - air pollution
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
Common environmental theme Air pollution - State and impacts (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - air pollution
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
Common environmental theme Air pollution - Drivers and pressures (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - air pollution
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
Common environmental theme Air pollution - Outlook 2020 (Luxembourg)
SOER Common environmental theme from Luxembourg - air pollution
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Country assessments Luxembourg
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