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Air pollution - Outlook 2020 (Latvia)

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SOER Common environmental theme from Latvia
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 23 Nov 2010

Projected emissions in 2010

According to information submitted by Latvia on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive[1] in 2009, emission projections for 2010 are as follows:

 

Pollutants

Latvian emission ceilings for 2010 (in kilotons)

Emission projections for  2010

SO2

101

4

NOx

61

45

VOC

136

55

NH3

44

14

 

The implementation of all current legislation on SO2, NOx, NH3 and VOC emissions, including measures taken within the framework of climate change policy, will enable Latvia to meet the 2010 emission ceilings for these pollutants.

 

Projected emissions in 2020

If effective reduction measures are implemented, it is assumed that by 2020 SO2 emissions will not exceed the European Commission’s proposed ceilings for 2020 as there are no economic sectors in Latvia producing significant SO2 emissions.

Nevertheless, current studies show that it will be difficult to meet the proposed NOx and VOC emission ceilings for 2020, even if additional measures are implemented and prove to be effective.

The projection for NH3 emissions is that they will decrease but they could still exceed the emission ceilings for 2020 proposed by the European Commission. The level of NH3 emissions will largely depend on national environmental policy and the application of legislation relating to agriculture. However, the implementation of efficient NH3 emission reduction measures may be expensive.

It is assumed that emissions of PM2.5 will also exceed defined emission ceilings in 2020, which is why it will be necessary to put in place additional measures to reduce the emissions of PM2.5.



[1] Directive 201/81/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on National Emissions Ceilings for certain pollutants (the NEC Directive).

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