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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