Black carbon inclusion in NEC directive mooted

The commission is consulting on whether to regulate black carbon through national caps on the pollutant, as part of a review of EU air quality law

The European Commission's environment department is consulting on whether to regulate black carbon through national caps on the pollutant, as part of a review of EU air quality law.

As part of a 12-week consultation launched on Monday, the commission has asked whether black carbon should be regulated and whether caps for the pollutant should be set as part of a revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) directive.

The EU’s commitments under the revised Gothenburg Protocol mean it must set ceilings for fine particulates (PM2.5) under the NEC directive. But the upcoming revision of the directive “could go further”, the consultation documents note.

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