27 Jul '11, 8am

Recession contributes to air pollutant emissions decrease in 2009

Emissions of NOx from road transport have decreased by 42 % since 1990, mainly due to the introduction of three‑way catalytic converters in passenger cars and stricter regulation of emissions from heavy goods vehicles across Europe. Nevertheless, road transport remains the most important source of the ozone precursors NOx and CO, contributing 42 % and 34 % respectively in the EU-27 in 2009. Moreover, NOx emissions from road transport have not decreased as much as originally anticipated, as highlighted by another recent EEA report . In contrast to the road transport sector, NOx emissions from aviation have increased significantly since 1990. Emissions from both domestic and international aviation increased by 79 % between 1990 and 2009, however between 2008 and 2009 these emissions fell by 6%, reflecting lower aviation activity as a result of the recession. Large proportion...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/recession-contributes...

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