EU nations exceed legal emissions limits

Air pollutant emissions in the EU continue exceeding legal limits. It has been revealed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in a new report. The report states 10 countries exceeded […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Air pollutant emissions in the EU continue exceeding legal limits.

It has been revealed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in a new report.

The report states 10 countries exceeded one or more emission limits for key pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC).

They harm the environment and public health, stated the report.

Germany was the only country which exceeded three emissions limits while Austria, Denmark and Ireland exceeded two in 2013.

NOx emission limits were exceeded in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg from 2010-2013.

Emissions from road transport is one of the main reasons for NOx emissions, with lower reductions than anticipated in the last two decades due to an increase in the number of diesel vehicles.

On the other hand, NH3 emissions have been reduced since 1990 but not to the same extent as the other pollutants as around 95% of its emissions come from agriculture, stated the report.

Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and Spain breached their NH3 limits between 2010 and 2013.