The Debating Europe was running themed week which looks at green issues in Europe. It focuses particularly on air quality, climate change, and CO2 emissions. This infographic sets out some of the key facts and figures. 2005 WHO Air quality guidance exposed, to the PM levels in more than 80% of the Urban population.
In 2009, it costs around 220-300 euros for each EU citizens. it also resulted in 8.6 months of reduced life expectancy in the most polluted places. In the EU in 2010, there were 4,40,000 premature deaths. In 20 countries where sulphur in fuels was reduced by EU legislation. It saves 192 million euros. 2,200 premature deaths from sulphur-di-oxide were prevented.
European legislation on air quality is built on certain principles. The first of these is that the Member States divide their territory into a number of zones and agglomerations. In these zones and agglomerations, the Member States should undertake assessments of air pollution levels using measurements, modeling and other empirical techniques – and report air quality data to the European Commission accordingly. Where levels are elevated above limit or target values.
Member States should prepare an air quality plan or programme to address the sources responsibly and so ensure compliance with the limit value before the date when the limit value formally enters into force. In addition, information on air quality should be disseminated to the public.
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