Standards for finer particles set within the EEA

Published 21-10-2011
The EEA Joint Committee has decided to incorporate a European directive on ambient air quality into the EEA Agreement. The directive deals with and sets standards for reducing concentrations of finer particles released into the atmosphere, which are believed to be the source of many health problems. It aims at improving human health and environmental quality before the year 2020.

The incorporation of the directive demonstrates the EEA EFTA States’ wish to improve air quality. They are obliged to reduce exposure to particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres in diameter in urban areas by an average of 20% by 2020, based on measurements from 2010. They are furthermore required to reduce exposure levels to those particles to below 20 micrograms per cubic metre by the year 2015.

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