In its first report on countries’ progress towards EU air pollution goals, the European
Commission said that most member states are at risk of missing their binding emission
reduction targets for both 2020 and 2030.
Binding EU air pollution emission limits still breached
In 2018, worldwide shipping consumed some 330 million tonnes of fuel oil, resulting in emissions of 1056 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Unless concerted action is taken, these emissions are expected to grow by up to fifty per cent by 2050.
Air pollution impacts fall as a result of Corona-related measures
Over a period of only three weeks, the Trump administration has eroded the basis for air pollution control in coal-fired power plants, declined to strengthen air quality standards, and finalised a rollback of vehicle fuel efficiency standards.