Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch presidency of the Council on Thursday.

In an annex, the proposal sets out the national emission reduction commitments for the main pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), ammonia (NH3), and fine particulates (less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter). Annex II aims for emission reductions resulting in a 49.6% health improvement, a compromise between Parliament’s starting position of 52% and the Council’s 48%.

The agreement will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee on Tuesday 12 July.