Finland issues national emission ceilings plan

Government sets out details for air pollutants reduction as EU directive transposition deadline looms

The Finnish government has approved a national plan to cut air pollution in line with the EU's national emission ceilings (Necs) directive. It is one of the first countries to issue proposals to transpose the directive, the official deadline for which is November.

The Necs directive is one of the most important EU air pollution laws of recent years and sets stringent limits to apply in 2010 on emissions of four key air pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia (EED 26/06/01).

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