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Europe's new national Emission Ceilings Directive

Europe's new national Emission Ceilings Directive

Today the European Parliament and the Council have signed into law the new National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, based on a Commission proposal that sets stricter limits on the five main pollutants in Europe. When fully implemented, the Directive will reduce by almost 50% the negative health impacts of air pollution, such as respiratory diseases and premature death, by 2030.  To do so, it requires the reduction of Black Carbon emissions by 49% by 2030, compared to 2005, and the prioritisation of black carbon in these reduction efforts. The Directive is the central element of the Commission's more comprehensive Clean Air Programme for Europe. 

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