Spain adopts air quality and climate law

Major new legislation adds emission-based weighting to car purchase tax, targets local authority efforts on air

The Spanish parliament approved wide-reaching legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution on Tuesday. The new "air quality and atmospheric protection law" will reform vehicle purchase taxes and impose new air quality obligations on local authorities.

Climate and air quality are two of the country's biggest environmental problems. Spain is further from meeting its Kyoto protocol greenhouse gas reduction targets than any other member state, regularly records exceedances of EU ambient air quality standards, and looks set to miss EU goals to reduce air pollutant emissions (EED 10/09/07).

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