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Policy context
Within the European Union, the Seventh Environment Action Programme (7EAP) aims to achieve levels of air quality that do not result in unacceptable impacts on, and risks to, human health and the environment. The EU acts at many levels to reduce exposure to air pollution: through legislation, through co-operation with sectors responsible for air pollution, through national, regional authorities and non-government organisations and through research. EU policies aim to reduce exposure to air pollution by reducing emissions and setting limits and target values for air quality.
Located in Environmental topics Air pollution
Figure Population-weighted concentrations of PM10 and O3 in urban agglomerations of more than 250 000 inhabitants in EU-27
Urban air quality is of major concern. The high density of population and of economic activities in urban areas results in increased emissions, ambient concentrations and exposure. The Structural Indicator for urban air quality is presented which comprises two sub-elements describing the annual variations in population weighted health-relevant concentrations of (1) ozone and (2) particulate matter (PM10) in ambient air in urban areas.
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File Octet Stream Présentation des coûts de la pollution atmosphérique provenant d’établissements industriels en Europe — un résumé à l’attention des décideurs politiques
Located in Publications Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe
Figure Projected change in emissions of acidifying substances in the Western Balkans, 2000–2020
Projected change in emissions of acidifying substances in the Western Balkans, 2000–2020
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Figure Projected PM10 and PM2.5 emissions from the Western Balkans until 2020
Projected PM10 and PM2.5 emissions from the Western Balkans until 2020
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Highlight Putting clean air laws in to practice – report shows potential for improvement
Air-related legislation in the EU aims to protect human health and the environment from pollution. But this legislation is not always fully implemented. Bridging this gap is the subject of a new publication from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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File Questions and answers — Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe
Located in Media News Industrial air pollution cost Europe up to €169 billion in 2009, EEA reveals
Highlight Troff document Recession contributes to air pollutant emissions decrease in 2009
Emissions of almost all main air pollutants fell across the EU-27 in 2009, according to the latest annual European Union air pollutant emission inventory report compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Some pollutants decreased significantly compared to the previous year, with analysis showing economic recession to be an important factor in this reduction. The drop was most evident for sulphur oxides (SOx), with emissions falling by 21 % between 2008 and 2009.
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Article Reducing speed limits on motorways: how good is it for the environment?
Lower speed limits on motorways are generally associated with road safety. But several European countries are now debating whether they also benefit the environment and, if so, how much. There is no simple way of measuring the environmental benefits of lower speed limits but several factors clearly play a key role.
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Press Release Reducing the € 45 billion health cost of air pollution from lorries
Road charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs or lorries) should reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries. This means charges should be much higher in some countries compared to others, according to analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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