New caps on air pollutants proposed for 2030

The European Commission has proposed new targets for five pollutants regulated under the NECD plus a first-ever cap for methane emissions

The European Commission has proposed to cap methane emissions as part of the overhaul of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD). The greenhouse gas contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone.

A proposal to revise the NECD published on Wednesday sets a 33% emission reduction target for 2030 relative to 2005 levels.

New 2030 targets have also been proposed for the five pollutants covered by the 2012 Gothenburg Protocol agreement: SO2, NOx, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia. The 2010 ceilings for the first four of these will be strengthened, with new targets set for 2020. A PM2.5 cap is also set for that year.*

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