Inquiry report from EMIS

On Tuesday, 27th February , the EMIS committee of the European Parliament approved its “Report on the inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector”.

The AIR Group of regions congratulate the  EMIS committee for the important work carried out.

In 2011, the 13 regions comprising the AIR Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding where they underlined the importance of a source-based policy, the need of effective Euro standards and test cycles and a better integration between EU policies affecting air quality.

It is therefore a great pleasure to see these points underlined in the work of the EMIS committee. We shall continue following and support the EMIS committee’s work and look forward to see the recommendations.

A LIFE integrated project on Po valley


Last 1st of February, a large number of partners, including the 4 Italian Regions of AIR (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piemonte e Veneto) officially started the PREPAIR life integrated project aiming to implement actions in the territory of the Po Valley and Slovenia in order to improve air quality and comply with Dir. 2008/50/EC and the European strategy ‘Clean Air for Europe’. PREPAIR will also contribute to achieving compliance with the National Emission Ceilings Reduction Commitments.

See more details here

EMIS continues its investigation on emissions in the automotive sector

The EMIS Committee was set by the European Parliament on 17 December 2015 in order to investigate possible contraventions and maladministration in relation to emission measurements in the automotive sector. So far, audit of experts, Commisioners, former Commissioners, MEPs and stakeholders have been carried out providing interesting debates on the issue.

The EMIS is excepted to conclude its mandate on 31 January 2017. After that date, a report on the emission measurements in the automotive sector will be made available to the public.

A full list of the meetings (along with a video recording), as well as the EMIS working programme are available at the links provided below.

Recorded committee meetings | EPTV | European Parliament hearings – updated 2016.11.30.pdf

23 November 2016: Revision of the NEC Directive


On 23 November 2016 the European Parliament approved the informal deal struck with the Council last June. The agreement concerns the proposed Commission’s directive on the reduction of national emissions of major atmospheric pollutants by setting higher annual caps.

After the Parliament’s vote, the text has been submitted to the Council, where it is expected to be adopted in first reading.

Please find enclose the links to the Parliament’s press release and the formal adopted text. (adopted text)

Cleaner air: MEPs vote on tougher emission limits for key air pollutants | News | European Parliament



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.

Environment MEPs oppose relaxing diesel car emission test limits

EP ENVI Committee has voted against the relaxing of diesel car emission test limits. The draft decision to raise diesel car emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 110%, along with the introduction of the long-awaited Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure, would undermine the enforcement of existing EU standards, said Environment Committee MEPs. The motion for a resolution will be put to a vote by the full Parliament at the 18-21 January plenary session in Strasbourg.

Objection to Rule 106: Real Driving Emission test procedure

On 14 December, the ENVI Committee will vote on an objection to the RPS measure received from several MEPs. In the draft motion for a resolution, the objectors state that the draft Commission Regulation would result in a de facto blanket derogation from applicable emissions limit, which is not compatible with the aim and content of Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 and exceeds the implementing powers provided for in Regulation (EC) No 396/2005.


Cars in traffic showing gaz emissions


Regione Piemonte Air quality survey

Regione Piemonte is working on a new air quality plan able to fight the air pollution problems in the whole territory and reach the limit values established to protect human health of our citizens.
What citizens know on air quality in Piedmont? What do they do concretely to combat air pollution? What do they think about the policies adopted by public bodies? These are just some of the questions asked with the survey in order to figure out the perception that citizens have of the air problems and be able to develop better measures proposed in the future plan.

Cleaning up our Air – a European City Ranking

BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany & the European Environmental Bureau invite you, on tuesday 31 March 2015, to a lunchtime debate in Brussels to mark the release of BUND’s 2015 city ranking ‘Sootfree Cities’.

‘Sootfree Cities’ ranks over 20 major European cities, including London, Paris, Rome Berlin and Madrid, according to improvements in air quality from transport policy measures.

The unveiling of the ranking will be followed by presentations on the clean air strategies of two cities and a panel debate involving cities, MEPs and NGOs about what should be done at city level and EU level to reduce air pollution in our cities.

The debate will be held in the Representation of Lower Saxony, Rue Montoyer 61, Brussels on tuesday 31 March 2015, 11:45-13:30 with lunch served afterwards

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11:30-11:45 Arrival
11:50 Introduction by Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau
12:00 Presentation of the results of the ’Sootfree Cities’ ranking by Werner Reh, BUND
12:10-12:30 Presentations of the clean air strategies of Vienna and Copenhagen
12:30-13:30 Panel debate: What should be done at city level and EU level to improve air quality? Moderated by Dave Keating from the European Voice with:

    • Julie Girling, Member of the European Parliament, ECR
    • Seb Dance, Member of the European Parliament, S&D
    • Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament, Greens-EFA
    • Karin Büchl-Krammerstätter, City of Vienna
    • Representative from the city of Copenhagen (tbc)
    • Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau

13:30 Close and lunch served




Breath of Fresh Air: how can the new Air Quality Package deliver cleaner air for EU cities and regions

This event is organised by the AIR Group and hosted by Julie Girling MEP, who is Parliament’s Rapporteur on the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) on 19 November 2014, 14.00 – 17.00 European Parliament, JAN 2Q2, Brussels

In December 2013 the Commission adopted its Clean Air Policy Package consisting of A new Clean Air Programme for Europe with new air quality objectives for the period up to 2030, a revised National Emission Ceilings Directive with stricter national emission ceilings for the six main pollutants, and a proposal for a new Directive to reduce pollution from medium-sized combustion installations (MCPD).

The aim of the event is to contribute to the current deliberations in the European Parliament and the Council, and explore how the new air quality package can support EU cities and regions in their efforts to curb air pollution. The two panels – on NECD and MCPD – will present in detail the AIR regions’ views and best practice to date, as well as having a discussion on the key issues. The event will bring together around 200 key players at European and regional level, such as regional politicians and technical experts, MEPs, Commission and Council representatives, industry associations and NGOs.

Click here to check the agenda:

Agenda 19 November AQ event

AIR event poster