“Air pollution is bad for our health. It reduces human life expectancy by more than eight months on average and by more than two years in the most polluted cities and regions. Member States must comply with EU air quality standards quickly and reduce air pollutant emissions”.
- Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment
In Europe, emissions of many air pollutants have decreased substantially over the past decades, resulting in improved air quality across the region. However, air pollutant concentrations are still too high, and air quality problems persist. A significant proportion of Europe’s population live in areas, especially cities, where air quality standards are exceeded: ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM) pollution pose serious health risks. Several countries have exceeded one or more of their 2010 emission limits for four important air pollutants. Reducing air pollution therefore remains important.
- European Environment Agency
Nitrogen oxides, commonly referred to as NOx, are toxic atmospheric pollutants and a harmful by-product of fossil fuel combustion from vehicles, energy production and manufacturing.
Understanding Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Pollution
City of London Air Quality Strategy 2011-2015
NOx Level Objectives For The UK and Ireland
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