What Improvements Are Needed to Regulate Urban Air Quality?

Air Implementation Pilot – Lessons learnt from the implementation of air quality legislation at urban level(76page pdf, European Environment Agency, Jun. 5, 2013)

Today we review a report from the European Commission on a pilot project carried out in 12 cities to assess and make recommendations on the deficiencies and next steps to address the threats to human health from urban air pollution. Despite (or perhaps because of) the enactment of more restrictive regulations than seen elsewhere in the world, several pollutants remain above thresholds (O3, PM2.5 and NO2 in particular), gaps remain in emission inventories and networks and the principal solution lies in regulating traffic. Recommendations include putting a much greater focus on data, distributing information to the public and carrying out regular health impact assessments.

vienna traffic NO2

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE


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