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Clean Air for All: Stepping up Joint Efforts to Fight Air Pollution in Europe

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Central Brussels

According to the latest data by the World Health Organisation 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants (WHO, 2018). A 2017 report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) states that the human toll for poor air quality is worse than for road traffic accidents. Furthermore, the OECD projects that the market costs of air pollution (reduced productivity, additional health expenditure, crop losses, etc.) will increase to 2% of the European GDP by 2060 (OECD 2016).

With air pollution being perceived by citizens as the environmental issue of most concern after climate change (Special Eurobarometer 468, 2017), the EU has been taking measures to achieve levels of air quality that do not have a negative impact on human health and the environment. Examples include industrial installations such as large combustion plants or initiatives in the area of transport with fuel quality improvements and the successive Euro emission standards. Other key measures have been the revised National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive of 2016 setting targets for 2020 and 2030, the Urban Agenda for the EU, the Air Quality Index and the cooperation of member states through the Clean Air Dialogue.

Although air quality has improved in the EU over the last decades, many Member States citizens’ lives are hampered, as a number of States exceed the targets set in the NEC Directive for NOx, NMVOCs or NH3, particularly in urban areas. Moreover, the welfare costs due to premature deaths from air pollution are projected to more than double in European OECD countries by 2060 (EP briefing 2017). Implementation of policy largely taking place at the regional and local levels often prevents the adoption of more holistic and ambitious measures in the fight against air pollution. In this context cooperation at European, national and local levels and exchange of technology and innovation is crucial to meet the objectives set out by the EU and reduce the health impact and its costs.

This timely international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss current challenges related to air pollution and to reignite the debate over an EU-wide strategy to ensure cleaner air in Europe, while also enabling the delegates to analyse the role of clean technologies in improving air quality.  The symposium offers a platform for discussion on an improved European regulatory framework on air pollution; supports the exchange of ideas and encourages delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.


Delegates Will

Gain knowledge and insights on the revised National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive and other constituents of the EU Legal Framework on air pollution

Assess whether the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives (Directives 2008/50/EC and 2004/107/EC) are fit for purpose and address key priorities for future legislation.

Explore measures available to help EU Member States fight air pollution.

Examine the negative consequences of poor air quality and assess current progress made towards an effective strategy to fight air pollution.

Explore the possibilities for governments, local authorities and businesses to limit the emission of pollutants through social and technological innovation.

Develop ways to support national strategies via EU funding in order to foster the creation of a cleaner and healthier environment

Explore ways of promoting action and cooperation at global, European, national and local levels in the fight against air pollution

Take part in lively and interactive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of energy policy and build lasting partnerships.

Share best practice on innovative projects aimed at fighting air pollution.


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All Dates

  • Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:00 - 16:30

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