Air Quality Archives

  • Energy transition: EU unity’s missing jigsaw piece?

    Special Report | Energy 20-04-2018

    Decarbonising Europe’s economy and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement are among the EU’s main priorities. Depending on the level of ambition and the course the EU energy policy ship takes, the result could be either a more united or divided continent.

  • Over 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, study finds

    17-04-2018

    More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

  • Sweden’s new carbon tax

    Climate change 10-04-2018

    Sweden has introduced a new carbon tax. From April 1, all passengers boarding a flight departing from Sweden will be charged extra fees. EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’environnement reports.

  • EU’s energy intensive industries paid to pollute, says NGO

    Health 09-04-2018

    Instead of pursuing real decarbonisation plans, energy-intensive industry in the EU has managed to turn pollution into profit, Climate Action Network Europe said in a study published 9 April.

  • France’s statues dressed in pollution masks as EU legal decision looms

    03-04-2018

    Statues in a number of French cities were adorned with masks on Saturday (31 March) to highlight what activists say is a failure to tackle smog and air pollution. The European Commission will reveal next month if France is among the countries that will face legal action.

  • Ambitious agreement on CO2 emission of heavy-duty vehicles

    Transport 03-04-2018

    Coaches, buses and lorries are responsible for a quarter of CO2 emissions from transport. Soon, manufacturers will have to provide data on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption performance of their new vehicles. EURACTIV’s partner le JDLE reports.

  • Off-limit new diesel cars evade European city bans

    14-03-2018

    The vast majority of new diesel-powered vehicles that don’t meet EU emission limits still manage to escape low emission zones or diesel bans in European cities, according to new research published today (14 March).

  • The death of diesel: Can struggling industry woo back consumers?

    Energy 05-03-2018

    Amid fears about pollution, penalties and bans, buyers are abandoning diesel cars in droves. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.

  • German court empowers cities to ban old diesel cars

    27-02-2018

    One of Germany’s top courts has ruled that heavily polluting vehicles can be banned from the urban centres of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, a landmark ruling which could cause traffic chaos on the country’s roads and dramatically hit the value of diesel cars.

  • Brussels air pollution to trigger free public transport

    26-02-2018

    Brussels’ regional government has approved emergency rules that will allow commuters to use public transport free of charge during periods of high air pollution, Belgian media reported on Friday (23 February).

  • Mayors in the driving seat of climate action

    Special Report | Climate change 26-02-2018

    Europe's cities are on the frontline of climate action and the drive to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. At the 10th anniversary celebrations of the EU's Covenant of Mayors, some of its 9,000+ members revealed what is being done to fight climate change. 

  • EU court rules against Poland’s air pollution

    22-02-2018

    The Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (22 February) that Poland has infringed air quality laws, urging Warsaw to comply "without delay" or face fines after finding that the country has regularly exceeded fine particle limits for years.

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