Commission puts price on air pollution damage

Updated figures underline societal costs from key air pollutants, put focus on fine particles

The European Commission has published the clearest estimate yet of the economic costs to society from several air pollutants through damage to human health, buildings and agricultural crops. The figures are being used to quantify the benefits generated by pollution limits in current and future EU directives. The Commission says they could also be used to set national industrial emission charges.

"We're showing in a user-friendly and transparent way how the damage caused by different pollutants is valued by society," an official from the Commission's environment directorate told ENDS Europe DAILY today. Produced by British consultancy AEA Technology, the study updates and collates statistics generated by the EU's ExternE programme (EED 23/07/01).

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