Four states face court over emission ceilings
The European Commission has decided to take Germany, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands to court for failing to transpose a major 2001 directive setting national emission ceilings for air pollutants sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia (NH3), ENDS Europe DAILY can reveal. The Italian government has just issued draft legislation targeting the four pollutants and ozone. To comply with the directive's 2010 ceilings, Italy needs to reduce SO2 emissions by half, NOx and VOCs by a third and NH3 by 6.5% from 1999 levels. See press release.