Cost of reducing European air pollution is being ‘completely exaggerated’

A report to be published in January will show that proposed air pollution reductions will cost much less than industry estimates, thanks to synergies with climate change and energy efficiency measures.

“We calculated the cost of national emissions ceilings, assuming that the EU adopts a serious climate change policy,” Christian Hey from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) told edie. “The costs are being completely exaggerated.”

EEB will publish a report arguing that resistance to the European Commission’s proposal to limit air pollutant levels – known as national emission ceilings – is based on inaccurate cost evaluations.

According to Hey, the report’s data demonstrates that EU environmental legislation aimed at countering climate change and introducing higher standards of energy efficiency will act to reduce the overall costs of implementing national emission ceilings.

EEB’s report should be published by the end of January.

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