Iceland to clamp down on air particulate pollution

Iceland’s environment ministry finally fulfilled this week a legal obligation to publish a 12-year national air pollution control programme aiming to reduce untimely deaths

Iceland’s environment ministry finally fulfilled this week a legal obligation to publish a 12-year national air pollution control programme aiming to reduce untimely deaths.  

The plan aims to cut to zero, from the current 7-20, the number of days per year when particulates from traffic exceed health limits. It also wants to reduce the annual average level of hydrogen sulphide (H2S).

To tackle traffic pollution, the finance ministry will look to increase duties on diesel vehicles before the end of 2020, and to place fees on the use of studded tyres. Dust binding will be carried out more frequently on roads and paths to reduce particulate levels.

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