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

Air policy review: an investment for life

The AIR group kindly invites you to the Open Days debate “Air policy review: an investment for life – regional approaches for sustainable development”

This event takes place on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 from 14:30 to 17:00 at the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the EU, Rue de la Loi 227 in Brussels. It is organised as an Open Days 2013 event and aims to promote the discussion about the forthcoming review of the Air Quality Thematic Strategy.

Participation is free but registration is required.

Context: EU air quality legislation leaves substantial discretion to Member States on how to achieve the detailed provisions, and the main responsibilities for implementation are often delegated to regional and/or local authorities. At the same time, many local and regional authorities lack the necessary legislative or financial means and/or experience in identifying and implementing the necessary cost-effective measures to execute those responsibilities. As a result, local/regional action may be insufficient or put in place too late. Trans-boundary emissions fall outside the competence area of local/regional authorities and also add to the complexity. The review of the air quality strategy and NEC-directive will be an excellent opportunity to debate on these challenges with regional authorities and the European Commission. The debate will be integrated and supported by the leaders of Appraisal Project, an FP7 project focused on the assessment of regional and local air quality policies.

Clean Air on the spot: Regional Challenges and Solutions

AIR cordially invites you to participate in the session:

“Clean Air on the spot: Regional Challenges evento green week 2013and Solutions”.

Organised as part of the official programme of the European Commission GREEN WEEK 2013 ‘Cleaner Air for All”.
This event is organised by AIR –  Air-Quality Initiative of Regions.  It will take place at “The Egg” in Brussels, on Wednesday 5 June 2013, from 9.30 to 11.00h.

Context:  EU air quality legislation leaves substantial discretion to Member States on how to achieve the detailed provisions and the main responsibility for implementation are often delegated to regional and/or local authorities. At the same time, many local and regional authorities lack the necessary legislative or financial means and/or experience in identifying and implementing the necessary cost-effective measures to execute those responsibilities. As a result, local/regional action may be insufficient or put in place too late. Transboundary emissions, outside the competence area for the local/regional authorities also add to the complexity. This part of the session will discuss these challenges, and seek to identify appropriate responses at EU level.

You can download the full programme here : green week 2013_programme

Edgar Freund lecture: Industry and Air traffic in the Rhine-Main-Region

Gerhard Semmelrock lecture: Clean Air on the spot: Regional Challenges and Solutions

Maurizio Conte lecture: Clean Air on the spot: Regional Challenges and Solutions

More info? Lombardy Region: Folco Ciulli, 02 518 76 00  – folco_ciulli@regione.lombardia.it

A Breath of fresh AIR: Regional approach to future air-quality policy

The Air Quality Initiative of Regions (AIR) organised the conference “A Breath of fresh AIR: Regional approach to future air quality policy”, kindly hosted by MEP Amalia Sartori, Chair of ITRE committee at the European Parliament

This event took place on Tuesday 26 June, 09.30 – 18.00, at the European Parliament, József Antall (JAN) building, room 4Q2, in Brussels.

The European Parliament plays a key role in making legislation on environment, economy and energy which increasingly impacts on citizens’ daily life. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will debate the review of the air quality directive with the political representatives of the AIR regions (Baden-Württemberg, Catalunya, Emilia-Romagna, Hessen, Lombardia, London, North-Rhine Westphalia, Piemonte, Randstad, Steiermark, Veneto and Vlaanderen) and EU Commissioners.

At the end of the conference a joint position paper will be handed over to EU-Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik 

Watch the video made by the European Parliament Television (third emission ‘fresh air) on
http://europarltv.europa.eu/en/player.aspx?pid=52114d79-0674-4730-97cd-a07c011494ce

Programme :

Moderator: Cornelia Primosch

09.30 Registration

10.15 Introductory session: Presentation of the AIR position paper: Elliott Treharne, Senior Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority

10.45 Panel 1: Clean Air to Green our Economy
Chair: MEP Ivo Belet (ITRE Committee)
Keynote speech: Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship
Political representatives of Piemonte, Randstad, Veneto, Vlaanderen

12.45 Lunch

14.15 Panel 2: Clean Energy for Clean Air
Chair: MEP Salvador Sedò i Alabart (ITRE Committee)
Keynote Speech: Philip Lowe, Director-General DG Energy
Political representatives of Baden-Württemberg, Catalunya, North Rhine-Westphalia,Steiermark
Participating MEP: Karin Kadenbach (ENVI Committee)

16.00 Break

16.15 Panel 3: Air Quality: from a Challenge to an Opportunity
Chair: MEP Chris Davies, Coordinator of the ALDE group of the ENVI Committee
Keynote Speech: Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment
Political representatives of Emilia Romagna, Greater London Authority, Hessen, Lombardia

18.00 Networking Reception

*Simultaneous translation from/to English, German, Italian and Spanish is foreseen.

HERE below the position paper and expert’s contributions:

Regional Best Practices

Elliot Treharne lecture on Air Regions Position Paper

Air Quality Initiative of Regions (AIR) Position Paper on the European Commission’s Air Quality Policy Review 2011-2013

Press release of the conference

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The Challenge of Air Quality: a Regional Perspective

On 10th November 2011 Air Group has organized “THE CHALLENGE OF AIR QUALITY: A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE” conference at the Committee of Regions.

The event will take place from 09.00 to 13.15 at the Commitee of Regions, Room JDE 52, Rue Belliard 99-101 – 1040, Brussels.

With a view to EU Commission’s revision of Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC,  Air regions want to give their contribute to the european definition of criteria for the next regulation on climate. The objective of this meeting is to share regional best practices on climate and to focus on the importance of subnational government in air quality cause.

At the end of the conference the Memurandum of Understanding will be signed and give to Karl Falkenberg (Director-General, European Commission – Environment D.G.)

See HERE below the event agenda and expert’s contribution

Air Regions  Event Agenda

Speech by Prof.Hausberger, Universy of Graz

London’s Clean Air Fund- Greater London Autority Tecnichal Contribution

Piedmont Region Air Quality Plan- Piendmont Region Technical Contribution

Randstad runs on Biomethane – Randstad Technical Contribution