2013-1

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Small chimneys – big emissions

The Danish Government and the European Commission have separately presented proposals for emission standards for new boilers and stoves. But to achieve noticeable near-term air pollution reductions it is essential to combine such standards with measures for existing installations.
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Editorial: Unacceptable to wait another forty years

It is now 2013, the year declared by environment commissioner Potočnik as the year of air, and in a speech at the EEB air quality conference on 8 January, he said that poor air quality was the cause of 420,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2010 ..
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EU citizens: we want stronger air quality policy

Almost four out of five Europeans believe that the EU should propose additional measures to address air pollution.
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No extension for the 2015 sulphur deadline

The European Commission on 25 January told France it will not authorise any EU country to seek an extension of the deadline for the 2015 sulphur limit of 0.10 per cent for marine fuels used in the European Sulphur Emission Control Areas ..
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Running out of time – the LCPD bites at last

EU SO2 emissions have been cut by 80 per cent and NOx emissions halved between 1990 and 2010. Things are going to get even better, thanks to the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), introduced in 1988.
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New US clean air standards for PM2.5

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December finalised an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5), setting the annual health standard ..
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EU launches alternative fuels strategy

On 24 January the European Commission announced a package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations for transport across the EU with common standards for their design and use.
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Progress too slow

Emission levels of carbon dioxide from the transport sector have levelled off, after the sharp reductions that followed the economic crisis in 2008. However there is still a notable absence of structural changes, such as modal shifts.
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Revising EU air pollution policy

Significant additional emission reductions and accompanying environmental improvements can be achieved in the EU over the next 10-15 years. Health benefits alone far outweigh the extra costs for emission control.
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Stricter standards for motorcycles

On 11 December, the Council adopted a regulation laying down new safety and environmental requirements for motorcycles and other L-category motor vehicles (mopeds, quads and small vehicles with three or four wheels).
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