Air pollution ‘harmed 82% of Europeans’ in 2015

In 2015, 82% of Europeans were exposed to particulate matter levels exceeding World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. That’s according to new research from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which shows fine particulate matter is causing the premature deaths of more than 400,000 people across the continent every year. In the same year, 9% were exposed […]

Economic recovery drove rise in EU greenhouse gases

EU greenhouse gas emissions were pushed up by the economic recovery and a cold winter in 2010, according to new figures. As many European countries emerged from the 2009 recession, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 2.4 % or 111 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The UK, Germany and Poland together accounted for more than half […]

European Commission publishes guidelines for emissions review

The European Commission has published guidelines for a review of EU Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions. The review, which should be completed by August 2012, will help the Commission set national limits for 2013-20 on emissions not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The guidelines were prepared for the Commission by the […]

Electricity chief defends UK air polluters

David Porter, the chief executive of the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP) has defended UK power stations, after an EU report released today lumped several of them in with a group of air polluters that together cost EU citizens billions of euros. Among the UK power stations featured on the European Environment Agency’s list of […]

EU citizens foot €169bn bill for air pollution

European citizens are footing a bill for air pollution of up to €169billion a year, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Three quarters of this price tag is down to the emissions from 622 or just 6% of the 10,000 largest polluting factories and plants in Europe. The EU’s green […]

EEA calls for tougher action on transport pollution

A report from the European Environment Agency reveals that in 2009 emissions from transport fell, but this was because of recession. The agency say things have to change, otherwise an increase of emissions is likely to occur when economic recovery returns. Professor Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director, said: “Emissions levels of almost all pollutants from […]

Cutting landfill waste cuts CO2

EU countries could cut nearly 80 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020, according to the European Environment Agency. A new report suggests that slashing the amount of waste going to landfill could reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) like methane by 1.5% of Europe’s 2008 emission levels. Biodegradable waste produces GHGs when the organic matter decomposes anaerobically, […]

Recession cuts air pollution

A drop in air pollution has been linked to the recession. A yearly report for the EU on air pollution found that emissions of nearly all the main pollutants fell across Europe in 2009.Analysis by the European Environment Agency, who put together the report, showed the economic recession to be a key factor. Reduced energy […]