MEPs reject ‘relaxing’ diesel emission test limits

New standards for diesel car emissions in the EU have been rejected by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. They argue the decision to raise emission limits for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) by up to 110% along with the introduction of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure are “relaxed” and would “undermine the enforcement of existing […]

Air pollution health effects ‘higher than thought’

The health impacts of air pollution is higher than expected after taking into account an extra pollutant. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published a report which assessed the health and economic impacts of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010. During that year there was the equivalent of 5,900 deaths associated with NO2 long term […]

UK cities ‘will exceed EU pollution limits until 2030’

Three of Britain’s cities – London, Birmingham and Leeds – will exceed European air pollution limits until at least 2030, new figures suggest. Under the EU’s Air Quality Directive, member states are meant to comply with limits on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010 but could extend that to 2015 if they delivered plans to deal […]

Pollution inside ‘more harmful than outdoors’

Pollution indoors could be three times more harmful than the outdoor environment because of our energy use, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering measured the quality of air inside and outside three residential buildings in a city centre compared with different types of energy use like gas […]

Government sued over air pollution

The government is facing legal action over allegedly failing to protect people from air pollution. Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth have today filed a judicial review against the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, challenging Defra’s “refusal” to set out plans to bring emissions under the legal limit. Lawyers at the registered charity, which is bankrolled by grants […]

London narrowly avoids EU air quality fine

London has narrowly avoided a huge fine for breaching EU rules on air pollution. A letter from the European Commission, released by Defra through a Freedom of Information request, revealed the near miss.Campaigners worry the UK could still have to pay millions if London fails air quality levels again. EU laws restrict two types of […]