Ar e Ruído

NEC Directive reporting status 2018

Publication of the European Environment Agency in 9 July 2018

Air pollution is a key environmental and social issue, the management and mitigation of which pose multiple challenges. It is the single largest environmental risk to human health in Europe, causing respiratory problems and shortening lifespans. Air pollution also affects ecosystems through, for example, the eutrophication of sensitive areas and the effect of ozone on vegetation.

This briefing presents progress made by the EU and its Member States in meeting the 2010 emission ceilings that remain applicable until the end of 2019 under the new National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. The analysis is based on the latest air pollutant emission inventory data for the period 2010-2016 as reported by Member States in February 2018. The briefing also provides an assessment of the projected emissions for 2020 and 2030 as reported by Member States in relation to their individual reduction commitments set in the new directive for these years.