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Industry releases thousands of different chemicals into the environment

Industrial activities are a source of pressure on the environment in the form of emissions to the atmosphere and water ecosystems, waste generation and resource consumption. Even though releases of pollutants by European industry have generally decreased over the last decade, the impacts and costs of pollution from industry remain high.

EEA-33 – Industrial pollution profile 2020

These country profiles summarise key data related to industry: its relevance with respect to economic contributions, energy and water consumption, as well as air and water emissions and waste generation.

Published: 29 Sep 2021

The societal costs or ‘externalities’ of air pollution from large industrial facilities are high and include impacts on human health, ecosystems, infrastructure and the climate. Within the European Green Deal, the European Union is committed to the transition to climate neutrality, alongside a zero-pollution ambition. European industry also has an important role to play in this shift, reinforcing Europe’s credentials as a leader in ‘green’ industry.

Published: 29 Mar 2021

Monitoring and reporting results for Horizon 2020 regional initiative

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