Air

Infographics on cross-border pollution

Check out our infographics showing exactly how much some of the precursors of Particulate Matter (PM) cross the national boundaries of EU countries and what the impact of air pollution from PM2.5 and ozone is on different countries' health and economy.

We have prepared infographics for the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland the Czech Republic.

The Netherlands

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Belgium

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United Kingdom

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Germany

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France

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Poland

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Czech Republic

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About these infographics

These infographics show two things:

  1. how much of the PM precursors sulphur (from SO2), oxidised nitrogen (from NOx) and reduced nitrogen (from NH3) was imported from outside each country, as a percentage of the total amount of these pollutants deposited in the country in 2010; and how much of the PM precursors sulphur (from SO2), oxidised nitrogen (from NOx) and reduced nitrogen (from NH3) was exported, as a percentage of the total amount of these pollutants emitted in the country in 2010 [1].
  2. the health and economic impact of air pollution from PM 2.5 and ozone in 2012 [2].

 

[1] This involved calculations using EMEP data from the Status Report 1/2014. The data on EMEP shows the total amount of country-by-country emissions and depositions in Europe and uses meteorological modelling to estimate cross-border pollution. For more on how these percentages were calculated, click here.

[2] The figures for premature deaths and the external health costs have been extracted from the European Commission's Impact Assessment for the Clean Air Package. The loss in labour productivity was calculated by the European Environmental Bureau and represents lost working hours multiplied by the average 2010 hourly labour costs in the country. The lost working days were extracted from a report produced by IIASA for the European Commission's Clean Air Package, while the labour cost averages for each country were obtained from EUROSTAT. For more on how the lost economic productivity was calculated, click here.