Acidifying emissions from large combustion plants (LCPs) in Austria have fallen substantially since 1990, according to statistics released by the country's environment agency. In line with reporting requirements under the 1988 EU directive on air pollution from LCPs, the agency's report covers emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) to 1998 from combustion plants above 50 MW capacity in the power sector, refineries and general industry. The report shows that SO2 emission from the three sources fell from over 17,600 tonnes in 1990 to around 10,000 tonnes in 1998, while NOx emissions were cut from 16,700 to around 12,000 tonnes. The fall in SO2 emissions means that Austria has very easily met a 1998 deadline under the directive for cutting SO2 emissions and is well on track to meet a 2003 deadline to cut emissions by 70%, even though emissions have increased marginally since 1995. However, Austria has narrowly missed a target of cutting NOx emissions by 40% by 1998, the statistics show.
Austrian environment agency, tel: +43 1 313 040. References: Agency press release.
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