Air pollutant emissions static

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Emissions of the main air pollutants in Europe Anthropogenic emissions of the main air pollutants decreased significantly in most EEA-33 member countries between 1990 and 2012: Nitrogen oxides (NO X ) emissions decreased by 46% (51% in the EU-28); Sulphur oxides (SO X ) emissions decreased by 75% (84% in the EU-28); Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC) emissions decreased by 56% (60% in the EU-28); Ammonia (NH 3 ) emissions decreased by 24% (28% in the EU-28); and Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) emissions decreased by 35% (35% in the EU-28). The EU-28 as a whole did not meet its 2010 target to reduce emissions of NO X . A further reduction of 2.2% from the 2010 emissions level is required to meet the interim environmental objectives set in the European Union’s 2001 National Emission Ceiling Directive (NECD). The EU-28 met its continuing obligation to maintain emissions of SO X , NH 3  and NMVOC below legally binding targets as specified by the NECD. A number of EU Member States reported emissions above their NECD emission ceilings: nine for NO X , three for NH 3 , and one for NMVOCs. There are no emission ceilings for primary PM 2.5 . Three additional EEA member countries have emission ceilings for 2010 set in the Gothenburg Protocol under the 1979 UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). All three countries met the SOx ceiling. Switzerland also met the ceilings for the other three pollutants. Liechtenstein exceeded the NMVOC ceiling. Norway breached two ceilings, for NH 3 and for NOx.

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