NEC Directive reporting status 2017: the need to reduce air pollution in Europe

This briefing presents progress made by the EU and Member States in meeting their emission ceilings that are applicable since 2010 and which remain applicable until 2019 under the new National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive; (EU) ; EU, 2016). The new NEC Directive also sets emission reduction commitments applicable for the years 2020 to 2029 while greater reduction commitments will take effect as from 2030. The analysis is based on the latest air pollutant emissions inventory data for 2010 to 2015 reported by Member States in February 2017. The briefing also provides an assessment of the projected emissions for 2020 and 2030 reported by Member States in relation to their individual reduction commitments set in the new NEC Directive for these years.