A study conducted by CE Delft on behalf of the European Public Health Alliance has found that the total cost of air pollution by both health and non-health related from traffic in the EU reached a staggering €66.7 billion in 2016. It also states that diesel accounts for 83 percent of the costs - approximately €55.6 billion.
Diesel emissions have been in the spotlight since 2015 when Volkswagen was caught cheating regulatory tests. Virtually all diesel cars were then revealed to be pumping out far more pollution on the road than in official tests. Research in 2017 showed at least 38,000 people a year were dying early as a result of this failure.
The report found that ambitious action by 2030, including two-thirds of new cars being an electric or plug-in hybrid and a ban on all pre-2014 vehicles, would cut health costs by 80% compared with today. A less ambitious scenario, with a quarter of new cars being electric or hybrid by 2030, still cuts costs by 74%.
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