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Infringements: Greece faces court for breaching air pollution limits

The concentration of nitrous oxide in Athens has been “continually and persistently” higher than the limits set out in the Ambient Air Quality Directive, the European Commission has said as it... Read more

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‘Deregulatory chaos’: Doubts mount over revised chemicals BREF

Campaigners have criticised the outcome of a technical working group on revising EU guidance on controlling polluting emissions from the chemical industry.


EU urged to double down on car emissions as sharp fall recorded

The CO2 output of new cars sold in Europe was down 12% last year compared to 2019, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency on Tuesday, prompting campaigners to call for yet tighter limits in a forthcoming review of emissions standards, while biofuels producers claim to offer the “cheapest, most efficient” solution.


Madrid in quandary as Spain’s top court rejects low emission zone law

The Spanish supreme court has struck down the ‘Madrid Central’ low-emission zone introduced in 2018, meaning the city council will have to approve replacement regulations within two months or face rising road transport emissions and possible EU fines.


German parliament pulls crunch vote on industrial emissions

The upper house of the German parliament did not vote to approve a law implementing EU emission standards for large combustion plants on Friday, signalling that the legislation could be revised.


Doctors and health campaigners urge MEPs to act on air pollution

The European Parliament should demand tougher EU rules on air pollution when it adopts a resolution on the matter next week, environmental campaign groups and medical associations have told MEPs.

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