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Air pollution - Outlook 2020 (United Kingdom)

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SOER Common environmental theme from United Kingdom
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 08 Apr 2011

The table below demonstrates change over time in UK emissions of atmospheric pollutants covered by the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD), including predictions for 2010. The UK is currently predicted to exceed the 2010 NOX ceiling, with compliance expected by 2012.

 

Emissions of air pollutants under the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD), UK, 1970 – 2008, kilotonnes.

 

1970

1990

2008

Estimated uncertainty (2008)

% change 1970 to 2008

% change 1990 to 2008

NECD target

Sulphur dioxide

6,365

3,715

512

+/- 4%

-92%

-86%

585
(on course to meet target)

Nitrogen oxides

2,983

2,749

1,403

+/- 10%

-53%

-49%

1,167
(target unlikely to be met)

Non-methane volatile organic compounds

1,817

2,569

942

-9 to + 10 %

-48%

-63%

1,200
(on course to meet target)

Ammonia

-

366

282

+/- 20%

-

-23%

297 
(on course to meet target)

 

Further emissions reductions are expected for all pollutants, with the exception of NH3 for which little decrease in emissions is expected beyond 2010 based on ‘business as usual’ projections.

The Critical Load Exceedance for acidification is predicted to decrease to 40 % of habitat areas by 2020 in the absence of further measures. The Critical Load Exceedance for eutrophication due to nutrient nitrogen is expected to decrease to 48 % of habitat areas by 2020.

 

Percentage habitat area

 

Geographic coverage

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