The EU has a long history of policies that have sought to improve Europe’s air quality and to protect the people, ecosystems and buildings affected by air pollutants. Tackling air pollution requires action in a number of areas, including industrial pollution control and reducing transport emissions. It also requires effective enforcement of air quality standards. IEEP has engaged with the EU’s air quality agenda for many years.

This has included the adoption of Directives on individual air pollutants, which were consolidated in the wide-ranging Air Quality Framework Directive which sets compulsory limit values for some pollutants and non-binding values (e.g. ‘alert levels’) for others, along with a comprehensive monitoring and information programme.

Regarding work in this area please contact: Andrew Farmer.