DEFRA consults on emission ceiling compliance

DEFRA is consulting on the degree to which its new air pollution policies will meet its obligations to cut emissions of five major air pollutants

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DEFRA is consulting on the degree to which its new air pollution policies will meet its obligations to cut emissions of five major air pollutants.

The government is obliged to publish a national air pollution control programme (NAPCP) by 1 April, setting out its plans to comply with the EU National Emissions Ceilings Directive and the Gothenburg Protocol that underpins it. The law sets binding limits on gross emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) to be met by 2020, tightening again in 2030.

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