National measures to cut air pollution would benefit from stronger links with climate action, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
In their latest briefing, the EEA presented an overview of the latest policies and measures reported by Member States to tackle air pollution, as required under the National Emission reduction Commitments (NEC) Directive.
Policies to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOX), particulate matter (PM2.5) and ammonia (NH3) mainly focus on the agriculture, transport and energy sectors.
However, the briefing shows that the Member States have identified about one-third of their air pollution policies should have links with national policies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, which are reported under the Regulation on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Briefing, it is vital to seek coherence across climate change mitigation and air pollution.
Promoting consistency in reporting policies and measures on air pollution, energy and climate change can reduce red tape, foster policy coherence and support the identification of synergies across efforts towards zero pollution and climate neutrality in Europe.
In related news, earlier this year Air Quality News spoke to Helena Molin Valdés, head of the United Nations Climate & Clean Air Coalition about why we need a global approach to air pollution.
The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) was founded in 2012 when leaders in Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States came together with the UN Environment Programme to initiate efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
By Pippa Neill