|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Environment|
|Series Details||COM (2022) 542|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative - tabled by the European Commission on 26 October 2022 - recasting the legislative framework concerning air quality in the European Union (EU).
Clean air is essential to human health and sustaining the environment. While major improvements in air quality have been achieved in the EU over three decades, there is still significant impact of air pollution on health and the environment.
In November 2019, the European Commission published its Fitness Check of Directive 2004/107/EC and Directive 2008/50/EC which focus on air quality. It concluded that the Directives were partially effective in improving air quality and achieving air quality standards, but that not all their objectives had been met to date. In December 2019, in its European Green Deal, the Commission committed to further improving air quality and to aligning EU air quality standards more closely with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This commitment was confirmed in the Zero Pollution Action Plan of 2021. Targets were introduced for 2030 and 2050, and air quality standards were also included in the Commission's Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.
The Ambient Air Quality Directives (AAQD) are part of a comprehensive clean air policy framework built on three main pillars. The first consists of the Directives themselves, while the second is the NEC Directive. The third pillar consists of legislation setting emissions standards for key sources of air pollution. The revision of the AAQD would merge the Directives into one, and seek to:
The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 26 October 2022 as part of a so-called Zero Pollution Package of legislative initiatives.
|Subject Categories||Environment, Health|
|Subject Tags||Atmospheric | Air Pollution, Public Health|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|