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  • Harmful traffic pollution falls within Munich low emission zone

    Low emissions zones (LEZs) can substantially reduce local levels of traffic-based air pollution, a new study has shown. Monitoring air pollution in Munich, Germany, researchers found that particulate matter from traffic sources dropped by 60% after implementation of an LEZ. Traffic exhaust is a major source of fine particulate matter, a type of air pollution that has been linked to respiratory ...

  • Low emission zones may need complementary local traffic policies

    Low emission zones (LEZs) that restrict old vehicles in city centres may need implementation in combination with other traffic policies to have greater impacts on air quality, according to new research. A study that measured emission levels before and after the introduction of LEZs in five Dutch cities indicated that air pollution concentrations were reduced but not to a statistically significant ...

  • Stricter low emission zone in Berlin starting January 1st 2010

    European environmental legislation has established a new basis for the harmonised assessment and monitoring of air quality in cities in the form of Framework Directive 96/62/EC and two additional texts known as daughter directives. The directives were transposed into German law through amendments to the Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz [Federal Immission Control Act — BImSchG] and the 22nd ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • Air quality assessment in the European Mega City Ruhr Area and effects of low emission zones

    The Ruhr area is the biggest German megalopolis, a conglomerate of several intertwining major cities, with more than 5.3 million inhabitants. In spite of many efforts in recent years to improve the air quality in the Ruhr area, especially residents in street canyons with a high traffic density are still exposed to poor air quality and meeting the limit values of European air quality guidelines ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • Five years on: changes to vehicle fleets and air quality in London’s low emission zone

    Low emission zones (LEZs), which restrict access for high emission vehicles, have proven to be a successful way to improve air quality in line with EU regulations. An analysis of London’s LEZ has revealed discernible reductions in air pollution levels five years after implementation. London’s LEZ, created in February 2008, requires vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes to meet ...

  • Mercury conference to address global treaty implementation

    The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (#ICMGP) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 28th July – 2nd August 2013. The event is the 11th in a series that began in Sweden in 1990 and follows closely behind an international agreement to reduce global mercury emissions. Themed ‘Science Informing Global Policy’ the ICMGP events have been created to ...

  • ENER-G provides low carbon retrofit to shrink charity's carbon footprint

    Red Rose Forest has partnered with Salford-based ENER-G and Salford City Council to decarbonise its small industrial unit by implementing a number of energy efficiency improvements that will achieve annual cost savings of £3,900.  The Community Forest for Greater Manchester has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions from its building by almost 19 tonnes per year, ...


    By ENER-G

  • London Vehicles to Be Tested for Harmful Emissions as Accuscan 4600 Comes to Town

    On June 20th 2006, Air Quality Monitoring specialists – Enviro Technology – will be demonstrating the abilities of the Accuscan 4600 remote sending device on vehicles passing by London Wall, City of London. This will be the first time that environmental professionals from London borough councils will be able to actively see the device in action, while getting a real-time taster of the level ...

  • Tower Bridge Commuters Exhaust Emissions To Be Tested As ‘Accuscan’ Comes To Town

    On May 15th 2007, air quality monitoring specialists – Enviro Technology – will be demonstrating the abilities of the Accuscan 4600 remote sensing device on vehicles passing by Tower Bridge, City of ...

  • Energy Department Announces New Projects Between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nine new energy performance contracting pilot projects that bring together U.S. and Chinese companies to boost the energy efficiency of buildings in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A combination of clean energy retrofits and upgrades will save the selected facilities on energy costs over the lifetime of the contracts by making them more ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Mayor confirms LEZ phase 3 delay

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that implementation of the third phase of the London Low Emission Zone will be delayed until January 2012. The announcement follows a consultation earlier this year. The third phase covers larger vans, minibuses and diesel-engined specialist vehicles derived from vans, such as motor caravans , which will have to meet a Euro III standard for ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Views sought on UK application to the EC for extension to air quality limits for PM10

    Defra is seeking views on the UK application to the European Commission for an extension to meet air quality targets for Particulate Matter (PM10). The application for an extension will be submitted to the European Commission as soon as possible after this consultation has closed. PM10 is made up of very small particles of soot and dust in the air, less than 10 micrometers in diameter (human hair ...


  • Evaluating the impact of air quality measures is essential

    Recent research has investigated the effectiveness of air quality management at the regional level in Italy and found that some of the most commonly adopted measures do not always produce the highest emissions reductions. Italian air quality legislation was reformed in 1999 in order to comply with the 1996 European Air Quality Framework Directive1. At the time, the 20 Italian administrative ...

  • Exploring greener development for Chinese cities

    In what could show Chinese cities new ways to grow greener, the cities of Shanghai and Boading have teamed up with WWF in a new Low Carbon City Initiative. The aim of the partnership is to explore ways to unlink rapid economic growth and energy consumption as a way of reducing the adverse environmental impacts of urban development. “Cities are an important segment of China’s economic ...


    By WWF UK

  • $26 billion market for mobile and stationary catalytic and thermal treatment

    In 2013 just under $26 billion will be spent to remove carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and particulate carbon from stationary and mobile sources. Ninety-two percent of the market purchases will be for mobile sources. This is the conclusion reached in Thermal/Catalytic World Air Pollution Markets published by the McIlvaine Company. ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

    Air pollution is caused by the emission to the atmosphere of certain substances which, alone or through chemical reaction, can damage human health and/or the environment. Air pollution is both a local and a transboundary problem as emissions from one country can travel large distances in the atmosphere and cause adverse effects in other countries. The single pollutants causing most damage to ...


  • Partnership of NorthEast Government, private and non-profit organizations honors groups for reducing air pollution

    The Northeast Diesel Collaborative – a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state agencies, and private and non-profit groups – recently recognized six organizations for their exemplary work to reduce toxic diesel emissions. Honors were given to agencies and organizations from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Puerto Rico as ...

  • EPUK calls for action to prevent air pollution deaths

    Environmental Protection UK has questioned the lack of urgency in action to address air pollution in light of a new report by the Department of Health's Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). The report finds that air pollution, largely from road traffic, was a contributory factor in up to 200,000 premature deaths during 2008. The new report 'the Mortality Effects of ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Developing greener cities in China

    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has teamed with the cities of Shanghai and Baoding in a new Low Carbon City Initiative that could lead the way to greener cities in China. The aim of the partnership is to explore ways to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of urban development. China’s spectacular growth has come at a steep cost to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...


    By Europa Press Room

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