Air pollution damages human health and natural ecosystems. The enormous magnitude of long-range automotive transport as well as stationary sources such as combustion plants contribute to the depletion of biodiversity and natural resources. Willing to complement the EU’s efforts to halt this trend, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) promotes air protection policy cooperation between the EU and its Eastern and Southern neighbours. To support the effort, the European Commission has issued a guide to air protection for its European neighbours and Russia.
Drafted by Ecologic Fellow Ruta Landgrebe, the guide outlines the benefits deriving from compliance with EU air protection policies like the emission ceilings directive (EC Directive on National Emission Ceilings for Certain Atmospheric Pollutants). However, the environmental and socio-economic gains associated with these successes will not materialise unless the main challenges to convergence are overcome. To achieve this goal, the guide serves as a roadmap toward less air pollution.
The guide is the results of Ecologic's project Environmental Components of the European Neighbourhood Policy.
The guide can be downloaded in four languages:
This guide on air protection policy is part of a series of short convergence guides for ENP Partners and Russia published by the European Commission. Their purpose is to help EU neighbours realise the benefits associated with ENP Action Plans.
The following guides have been published in this series: