Clean air is essential for a healthy life. More than 400,000 early deaths are caused each year by air pollution in Europe. We are all affected but some, especially children and older people, are more vulnerable than others. We are fighting for everybody’s right to breathe clean air.
Impacts of burning waste and petrochemicals in Bulgaria’s most polluted towns will remain uncharted.
Stuttgart has until the end of August to comply with a court order and come up with an air quality plan that includes a ban on Euro 5 diesel vehicles – or face a 10,000 Euro fine.
The Welsh Government has made a last-ditch plea to the High Court for more time to produce an air pollution plan, despite lawyers warning that it risked missing the deadline.
Germany’s Federal Environment Minister proposes that car manufacturers pay for hardware retrofits on diesel cars to reduce emissions of pollutants and help improve air quality. The Federal government must now build on this momentum.
Stuttgart has announced it will bring in a citywide ban on older diesel vehicles by the start of 2019 but that is unlikely to satisfy the court which ordered the authorities to take action on air pollution.
Over several years of legal action to improve European air quality, ClientEarth has built a body of leading clean air resources. This section, updated regularly, features links to court rulings, policy developments, and ClientEarth’s Clean Air Handbook, among other useful documents.
- Public Consultation to inform the Fitness Check of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives (2008/50/EC, 2004/107/EC)
- Helping people and business to move towards cleaner forms of transport – The potential role of fiscal policy
- Legal test for feasibility studies
- Defra Response to Environmental Information Request on proposals to improve air quality
- ClientEarth and EEB Environmental Information Request to Defra on proposals to improve air quality
- High Court ruling on ClientEarth (No2) vs SSEFRA, AQP consultation
- High Court ruling on ClientEarth (No2) vs SSEFRA, pre-election “purdah”
- High Court Order on ClientEarth (No3) vs SSEFRA, liberty to apply and air pollution plans
- Polskie kłopoty z prawem UE z powodu przekroczeń PM10
- ClientEarth Clean Air case: REA interim judgment – interlocutory judgment
- Uwagi ClientEarth Prawnicy dla Ziemi do projektu “uchwały antysmogowej” dla Mazowsza
- Brussels air quality monitoring results 2017 – testing for NO2
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