EU Commission releases PAHs study

The European Commission has released independent economic analysis used to underpin proposals for air limits on polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) due to be formally proposed under a fourth air quality daughter directive later this year (EED 31/08/01). Produced by TNO and AEA Technology, the analysis shows that domestic fuel burning, particularly of wood, produces the vast majority - 90% - of emissions in the EU, and has the greatest potential for emission reductions. But it says cokeries and Soderberg-process aluminium works are most responsible for "hotspots" of elevated PAH concentrations. See European Commission and PAHs study.

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