EU proposes new standards for last generation of combustion engines

The Euro 7 standards will ensure cars, vans, lorries and buses are much cleaner and tackle emissions from tailpipes as well as from brakes and tyres

New data reveals decline in toxic emissions from US power plants

The fall in emissions are primarily due to changes in the mix of fuels used in electricity generation, with data revealing a 19% fall in coal generation and an increase in natural gas and renewable production

UN, Nigeria launch $15m electronics waste initiative

Nigeria generated 290,000 tonnes of e-waste in 2017 and also remains a major recipient of used electronics from abroad

New infrared detectors to track global pollutants from space

First flight of the forecasting device is scheduled for 2022

Fireworks ‘more polluting than energy-from-waste plants’

Waste management firm Indaver says energy recovery facilities are actually strictly regulated

Diesel-only trains to be taken off track by 2040

Transport Minister Jo Johnson has called for diesel-only trains to be phased out by 2040 as part of a new vision to decarbonise the railway. He said rail emissions have increased by 33% since 1990 and while progress is being made to reduce pollutants, more needs to be done. Mr Johnson added: “If that seems […]

US wind sector ‘saved $7.3bn in public health spending’

Wind energy in the US helped the public health sector save $7.3 billion in 2015. That’s according to the American Wind Energy Association said (AWEA), which claims the renewable source helped reduce a number of health-harming pollutants. Wind power cut around 132 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to those emitted by 28 million cars. It also […]

EU Parliament approves new caps on pollutants

The European Parliament has approved plans that help reduce air production. MEPs have given the green light for caps on emissions of six key pollutants including Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Methane (CH4), Ammonia and Sulphur Dioxide (SO2). The measures could save up to €40 billion (£28.4bn) in air pollution costs by 2030, they claim. MEP Julie Girling (ECR, […]

EU unveils clean air package to tackle pollution

A new package of measures aimed at tackling pollution and improving air quality in the European Union has been unveiled. The draft proposal includes revised legal limits on how much each member state can emit from a list of major pollutants as well as new law to cut emissions from medium-sized industrial installations such as […]