Air Quality Initiative of the Regions

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your answer to MQ2966/2013. The Air-quality Initiative of the Regions (AIR) position paper to which you refer also calls for a simplification of the limit value regime and flexibility over the current compliance assessment. In what ways specifically will your lobbying as part of the 'Year of Air' strengthen air pollution laws?


Answer for Air Quality Initiative of the Regions

Answer for Air Quality Initiative of the Regions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is my understanding that the European Commission will not be proposing revisions to the Ambient Air Quality Directive this year. Instead the focus is now on the National Emissions Ceiling Directive and the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution.

My response to the European Commission air quality consultation states:

"A stricter National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD) is clearly necessary to reduce background concentrations… A more ambitious NECD is vital for reducing air pollution to levels within the limit values of the air quality directive, especially for particulate matter, and to tackle the impact of transboundary pollution between member states."

My priorities for the Thematic Strategy are to ensure effective European standards to address emission sources and secure additional resources for cities to tackle local air pollution.

I believe that these changes would strengthen the action being taken across Europe to improve air quality.