CLEAN AIR EVERYWHERE: Blowing the winds of change into European air policy
CLEAN AIR EVERYWHERE:
Blowing the winds of change into European air policy
Tuesday 8 January 2013
Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union
Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Almost a third of Europe's city-dwellers are exposed to polluted air. A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that many parts of Europe have persistent problems with outdoor concentrations of air pollutants. These pollutants cause nearly half a million premature deaths in the EU every year as well as significant health problems, which lead to increased hospital admissions, extra medication and millions of lost working days. In addition to the health burden, air pollution causes significant damage to ecosystems, agricultural crops, modern materials and our cultural heritage.
Last year, EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik announced that the revision of the
National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive would be postponed to 2013 which would be the EU’s Year of Air. In the meantime, all EU air legislation is being reviewed and subject to a public consultation, which is expected to lead to legislative proposals in 2013.
On Tuesday 8 January 2013, right at the start of the Year of Air, the European Environmental
Bureau (EEB), in conjunction with the ‘Soot Free for the Climate’ campaign, held a conference to discuss the future of EU air policies. The conference served as the launch event of the 2013 Year of Air.
Photos of the conference:
Speeches and presentations:
For more information, please contact Louise Duprez, Policy Officer for Air, Industrial Emissions and Noise, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Chris Dodson on Flickr.com