Air pollution causes 29, early deaths a year in the UK and the World Health Organization has confirmed that air pollution causes cancer. The government has been sent a letter of formal notice of the intention to take Britain to court. The UK has been given two months to respond.
European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February The Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas. Nitrogen dioxide is the main pre-cursor for ground-level ozone causing major . Emissions trading, or cap and trade, is a market-based approach to controlling pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants. In contrast to command-and-control environmental regulations such as best available technology (BAT) standards and government subsidies, cap and trade (CAT) programs are a type of flexible environmental regulation. Air pollution: European commission launches legal action against the UK Britain faces fines and court appearances for failing to reduce 'excessive' levels of nitrogen dioxide fumes from traffic.
However, the UK failed to meet the deadline or to apply for an extension, with compliance instead estimated for in 15 zones outside London and for the single zone inside the capital. The areas in question are: As a result, the Commission has written to the UK government giving notice of the legal proceedings, to which it has two months to respond.
A Commission statement reads: The Commission is therefore of the opinion that the UK is in breach of its obligations under the Directive, and a letter of formal notice has been sent. The UK has two months to respond.
The Defra spokesman said: Just like for other Member States, meeting the NO2 limit values alongside busy roads has been a challenge.
That is why we are investing heavily in transport measures to improve air quality around busy roads and we are working with the Commission to ensure this happens as soon as possible.
Chief executive of ClientEarth, James Thornton, said: The UK has some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in Europe. We need a national network of low emission zones to save lives and make the UK a world leader in clean transport. The UK has failed repeatedly to comply with NO2 limit values in legislation since to be complied with by 1 January This would cut air pollution and congestion, and make our towns and cities cleaner, healthier places for people to live and work.The European Commission is assessing steps being taken by nine EU member states – including the UK – to address nitrogen dioxide pollution, before deciding whether to take forward further legal proceedings.
A decision on potential legal proceedings against EU members is expected from the. The European Commission has confirmed it will pursue legal action against the UK and other EU member states over failure to meet air pollution limits.
In a statement issued by the Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella this morning, the Commission confirmed that it has referred France, Germany, and. European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February The Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas.
Nitrogen dioxide is the main pre-cursor for ground-level ozone causing major .
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