Europe still fighting against air pollution
Full house: Experts from all over Europe convened at the EEA on 2-3 June for the second meeting of the European Environment and Health Committee
European cities are particularly aware of the pressure on them to reduce traffic-related air pollution since new EU limit values came into force in January 2005 and many cities were found to regularly breach those limits. 'Tackling air pollution, particularly from road vehicles can be very cost effective', says Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency. 'Curbing the use of vehicles delivers many health and environmental benefits ranging from improved children's health, less accidents and noise, and reduced damage to plants, water and buildings.' In Germany, for instance, strategies to reduce emissions of air pollutants from transport-related sources are being explored at the local, regional and national levels. In particular, economic incentives are proposed for diesel cars with filters.
For more information please see the information sheet, programme and related websites:
Relevant EEA reports:Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2003
Children's health and environment: A review of evidence. A joint report from the European Environment Agency and the WHO Regional Office for Europe
Impacts on Europe's changing climate
Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896-2000
Mapping the impacts of recent natural disasters and technological accidents in Europe
Greenhouse gas emissions trends and projections in Europe 2005
Arctic environment: European perspectives
EEA signals 2004
Air pollution and climate change policies in Europe: exploring linkages and the added value of an integrated approach
Children in their environment: vulnerable, valuable and at risk
Check more EEA reports on human health issues at:
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
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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