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Joint letter to EU Commissioners: Revision of Thematic Strategy on air pollution

On 17 October HEAL signed a joint letter with environmental and citizens organisations to urge the EU Commission to adopt an ambitious package for cleaner air in the EU.

In particular, we call upon the EU Commission to support:

  • Ambitious emission reduction commitments for 2020 and 2025 in the revised Nation Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive. The level of ambition should go much beyond the 2020 Gothenburg Protocol and lead to the achievement of the 6th and 7th Environmental Action Programmes’ objectives for air quality by 2030 at the latest.
  • Specific legislation to cut emissions from all major sources. Urgent action is needed to cut emissions from sectors such as small and medium scale combustion, agriculture, transport (road, non-road and shipping) and solvent use. Such sector-specific legislation is absolutely critical to actually decrease the levels of pollution and help Member States to comply with ambient air quality standards (Directive 2008/50/EC).
  • Implementation, enforcement and strengthening of current EU air quality standards in light of the most recent WHO recommendations and health research results. Currently, the health standards for fine particles (PM2.5) are much too high to adequately protect Europeans’ health.

Delaying action would be unacceptable given the costs of air pollution for Europe. We therefore ask for your support and help to ensure that the Commission will come forward urgently with ambitious proposals.

Last updated on 2 April 2014

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