Thursday, June 6, 2013

European Environment Agency Report Released: NEC Directive Status Report 2012

Recently, the European Energy Agency released a report titled, NEC Directive Status Report 2012. According to the executive summary for the 46-page document the report discusses the following:
[t]his report describes the most recent emission inventory information provided by the Member States of the European Union at the end of 2012 under Directive 2001/81/EC, the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) (EC, 2001).
The NECD requires all 27 Member States to report information annually concerning emissions for four important air pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ammonia (NH3). These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification and eutrophication of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation by exposure from tropospheric ozone resulting from these emissions. To help protect human health and the environment, the NECD sets pollutant-specific and legally binding emission ceilings for each of these pollutants and for each country, which were to be met by 2010 and in future years.


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