What is it?
In light of the Europe 2020 strategy, the European Commission deals with air quality in the EU through its Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution. In 2011, the European Commission decided to review the EU’s air policy leading to the following actions:
- Emphasising the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NEC)
- Taking part in international negotiations on air quality (revision of the Gothenburg Protocol)
- Revising emissions from vehicles and machinery
- Reviewing the Ambient Air Quality Directive.
In May 2011, the Commission launched a Stakeholder Expert Group on EU air policy to prepare the implementation and review of existing air quality and emissions legislations.
As a result, the European Commission adopted a Clean Air Policy Package in December 2013 comprising:
- A new Clean Air Programme for Europe
- A revised National Emission Ceilings Directive with stricter national emission ceilings for six pollutants
- A proposal for a new Directive to reduce emissions of certain pollutants from medium-sized combustion installations (MCPD proposal)
The Package is now under negotiations in the Council and the European Parliament.
Concerning the revised NEC Directive proposal, in December 2014, the European Commission decided to withdraw it; the proposal is announced to be modified as part of the legislative follow-up to the 2030 Energy and Climate Package.
Why is it important?
Early warning on possible EU measures regarding emissions and pollutants from industrial installations at local level is facilitates the management of manufacturing plants in Europe. The level of emission limit values impacts their activities in Europe. Such values should be realistic and achievable while pursuing a high level of environmental protection.
Orgalime industries believe that the review of the EU’s air policy needs to strive for consistency and coherence of air pollution Directives with legislation in other policy areas (such as the Industrial Emissions or Ecodesign Directives), notably with regard to the timing and effectiveness of measures or the avoidance of duplication of requirements.
How we’ve been engaged
Throughout the preparatory process of the air policy review, Orgalime has been monitoring and underpinning the legislative developments.
Suggestions for new rules to reduce pollution from medium-sized combustion installations represent our main focus within the Clean air Policy Package
Orgalime is engaged as a member of the BUSINESSEUROPE Environment Working Group, which actively participated in the Stakeholder Expert Group on EU air policy.