The European Environment Agency estimates that 374,000 Europeans die prematurely every year due to air pollution.
The first EU Clean Air Forum took place two years ago in Paris and focused on transport. The second edition takes place in Bratislava on 28-29 November 2019 and tackles polluting substances from heating and agriculture.
Decision-makers and experts will also discuss the impact of polluted air on public health and financial instruments to improve air quality.
EURACTIV is the media partner of the Forum which is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.
You can never reach a decarbonised economy by making the combustion engine perform better and become more efficient, says Hans Bruyninck. Breakthrough technologies, not incremental efficiency gains, will bring Europe to its 2050 objectives, he argues.
European policies on tackling agricultural emissions are insufficient, according to auditors. Although solutions do exist, the cost and time factors often mean farmers are not capable of implementing them.
EU cohesion funding for environmental measures has not been spent as planned and EU member states are reluctant to apply the “no environmental harm” principle. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
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Heating’s huge impact on the EU’s air quality and greenhouse gas emissions needs new focus and attention, according to policymakers and activists gathered in Bratislava on Thursday (28 November).
Industry, agriculture and transport were asked to decrease air pollution at a high-level EU forum in Slovakia on clean air but the responsible ministers and new Commissioners were absent from the Bratislava event.
Air quality is rapidly becoming more and more of an emotionally-charged subject as the health implications become more explicit. Here is how things stand at both EU and national level.