Revised emissions figures for shipping pushed UK over EU NOx ceiling

The revelation that air pollution from domestic shipping had not been properly inventoried means that the UK failed to comply with a 2010 cap on emissions of nitrogen oxides

Tug boat. Photograph: Albert Bridge/Geograph
Previously neglected emissions of nitrogen oxides from tugs and other domestic shipping will be integrated into the next revision of the UK's air pollution inventory. Photograph: Albert Bridge/Geograph

The next revision to official air pollution figures will reveal that two legal caps on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) were breached when it entered force in 2010.

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