PM10 limit News

  • Air Quality: Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain taken to Court over failure to comply with EU rules

    The European Commission is urging Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain to comply with EU air quality limit values for airborne particles known as PM10. These Member States have so far failed to effectively tackle excess emissions of PM10. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission has therefore decided to take Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain to Court. ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Air quality judgement but no penalty

    Slovenia has been condemned by the European Court of Justice for allowing excessive levels of microparticles between 2005 and 2007. Footnotes The judgement identifies that Slovenia breached EU limits for PM10, but has not given it a penalty – this would only come with a second breach. Five other member states have been referred to the ECJ for breaches of limits set in the EU’s air ...

  • Atmospheric particulate matter in Germany `excessive` in 2007, says federal environment agency

    The German Federal Environment Agency’s preliminary evaluation of 415 measuring stations demonstrates that favourable atmospheric conditions in 2007 were a relevant factor that account for lower levels of particulate pollution than in previous years. Yet there is absolutely no reason to sound the all-clear, for 2007 also had incidences of particulate matter concentrations above the established ...


    By Federal Environment Ministry

  • Greater efforts to reduce ammonia emissions needed to meet air pollution targets

    Levels of particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere are linked to ammonia emissions. However, reducing ammonia emissions only as far as targets set out by the Gothenburg Protocol will not necessarily ensure compliance with EU PM limits, according to a new study. Greater reductions in ammonia emissions would reduce the number of days when PM limit values are exceeded, the researchers found. In ...

  • European commission places mounting pressure on the uk to act on dangerous air pollution in london

    The UK Government and the Mayor of London have been told by the European Commission today to urgently implement a plan for dealing with air pollution 'hotspots' in London. The decision to grant a 'temporary, conditional time extension' for meeting limits for the concentration of dangerous airborne particles (PM10) in the capital's air places pressure on the UK Government and the Mayor of London ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Environment: Commission welcomes EP vote on the air quality directive

    The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's second reading amendments today on the directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe which confirmed the recent agreement negotiated between the Portuguese presidency and the Parliament. The agreement mirrors both institution's strong commitment to improving air quality, setting for the first time binding standards for fine ...

  • Commission refers BELGIUM and BULGARIA to Court and gives Sweden a final warning over poor air quality

    The European Commission is referring Belgium and Bulgaria to EU Court of Justice over persistently high levels of the dust particles which pose a major risk to public health. Despite an obligation for Member States to ensure good air quality for citizens, air quality has been a problem in many places for a number of years now. Studies show that every year poor air quality causes more deaths than ...

  • European Commission welcomes new air quality directive

    The European Commission today welcomed the adoption of the directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. The directive mirrors closely the Commission proposal of September 2005 and demonstrates the European Union's strong commitment to improving air quality in the EU by setting binding standards for fine particles PM2.5. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'The European ...

  • Environment: a fresh legal approach to improving air quality in Member States

    Ambient air quality is poor in many EU Member States – despite an obligation for governments to ensure good air quality for citizens. The situation is so serious that the Commission is currently taking action against 17 States with a consistent record of poor air quality. Today, as part of a fresh approach to the problem, Bulgaria, Latvia and Slovenia are being asked to urgently address an ...

  • How clean is Europe’s air?

    Particulate matter and ground-level ozone remain important air pollutants in Europe. Despite improvements due to EU legislation, they continue to have a heavy toll on human health especially in southern and eastern Europe. Two reports released this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shed light on Europe’s air quality. One in four Europeans endured many days of frequent and high ...

  • EC requests information from Member States on dangerous airborne particles pollution

    The European Commission has written to 23 Member States to request information on what action they are taking to comply with the EU's air quality standard for dangerous airborne particles known as PM10. These coarse particles, emitted by industry and traffic, can cause asthma, cardiovascular problems, lung cancer and premature death. The Commission's action follows the entry into force on 11 June ...

  • Commission refers Bulgaria and Spain to the court for failing to protect citizens from poor air quality

    The European Commission recently decided to refer Bulgaria and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU over poor air quality. Bulgaria is failing to respect limit values of sulphur dioxide (SO2), and Spain is failing to respect limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Today's decisions are part of reinforced action by the Commission to engage with Member States to protect citizens' health from ...

  • Health impacts of air pollution: the evidence reviewed

    The damaging health impacts of some key air pollutants can occur at lower atmospheric concentrations than indicated by the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality guidelines, set in 2005 and currently used in Europe. This is according to a new WHO report, which assesses scientific evidence to help inform European air pollution policies. The report highlights key findings of the ...

  • EU says it won`t tolerate any further breaches on air pollution

    The UK Government has been 'third time lucky' with the European Commission (EC) in terms of EU legal limits on dangerous airborne particles (PM10) in London, avoiding legal action for breaches of the pollutant from 2005-2011, a Freedom of Information request revealed today. But the EC said it will not tolerate breaches of air quality limits from June 2011 onwards. The Government now faces the ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Traffic pollution still harmful to health in many parts of Europe

    Transport in Europe is responsible for damaging levels of air pollutants and a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions. Many of the resulting environmental problems can be addressed by stepping up efforts to meet new EU targets, according to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA’s annual report under the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) ...

  • European transport sector must be ambitious to meet targets

    Emissions of many pollutants from transport fell in 2009. But this reduction may only be a temporary effect of the economic downturn, according to the latest annual report on transport emissions from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) explores the environmental impact of transport. For the first time, the report considers a ...

  • EU states approve new air quality directive

    EU citizens will soon be better protected from the negative health effects of fine dust particles, thanks to a new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. The legal text was adopted at the Council meeting on on Monday in Luxembourg, following an agreement with the European Parliament under the conciliation procedure. It foresees a limit of 25 µg/m3 for the average ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • EPUK welcomes Mayor`s U-turn on London air pollution

    Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) welcomes an additional £5 million of funding to improve London's air quality, announced by the Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond yesterday. The money will be used by the Mayor of London to establish a 'Clean Air Fund', marking a U-turn in the Mayor's refusal to amend short term plans to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the capital. The ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Latest emission control technology could eradicate harmful air pollution hotspots

    Switching to the best available emission control technologies could eliminate 99% of particulate matter pollution ‘hotspots’, a new study suggests. The researchers reached this conclusion by expanding the local-scale capabilities of an existing computer model that estimates the effects of air pollution policies and control measures. Particulate matter (PM) pollution has been linked ...

  • Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants

    As air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, Environment MEPs on Wednesday tightened up Commission plans and called for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six main pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in order to cut emissions by 70% across the EU and save €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030. MEPs also ...


    By European Parliament

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