Transport remains main source of health-damaging pollutants

06 Aug 2008

The report shows that road transport remains the single main source of nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), and the second-most important source of fine particulate emissions (PM10 and PM2.5) in the EU-27. This report contains essential data that helps understand the evolution of air pollutant emissions since 1990.

This inventory report accompanies the annual emission inventory submission of the European Community to the UNECE Convention on Long - Range Transboundary Air Pollution. It presents an overview of air pollutant emission data reported by the EU-27 Member States between the years 1990 to 2006. In particular, the report highlights the significant contribution to air pollution made by the transport sector - this sector is the most significant source of NOx, CO and NMVOCs and the second most important source of particulate emissions (PM10 and PM2.5). Across the EU-27, significant emission reductions have occurred for various air pollutants since 1990 - the reported emissions of nitrogen oxides in 2006 have decreased by more than 35 %, and sulphur dioxide by almost 70 %. The emission reductions have taken place across many of the economic sectors reported by countries.

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