Emissions / Air Quality

Ambient Air

  • Directive 2004/107/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December 2004 relating of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air (fourth daughter Directive)

  • Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (June 2008)

  • Commission Implementing Decision 2011/850/EU of 12 December 2011 laying down rules for Directives 2004/107/EC and 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the reciprocal exchange of information and reporting on ambient air quality

  • TSAP Report on Future emissions of air pollutants in Europe - Current legislation baseline and the scope for further reductions (June 2012)

  • Final report on the review of the air quality Directive and the 4th daughter Directive (February 2013)

  • Revised final Report on the Analysis of the impacts of various options to control emissions from the combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input below 50 MW (February 2014)

  • Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (NB: the proposal specifically excludes incineration)

Benzene and Carbon Monoxide in Ambient Air

  • Directive 2000/69/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2000 relating to limit values for benzene and carbon monoxide in ambient air

  • Repealed by Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (June 2008)

Clean Air for Europe

E-PRTR

  • Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 January 2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register and amending Council Directives 91/689/EEC and 96/61/EC

  • Council Decision 2006/61/EC of 2 December 2005 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the UN-ECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (February 2006)

  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on progress in implementing Regulation (EC) 166/2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) (COM/2013/0111 final) (March 2013) 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading

  • Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Scheme for Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading within the Community and amending Directive 96/61/EC (September 2003) - Links to amendments 

  • Commission Decision 2006/780/EC of 13 November 2006 on avoiding double counting of greenhouse gas emission reductions under the Community emissions trading scheme for project activities under the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2006) 5362
  • Commission Decision 2007/589/EC of 18 July 2007 establishing guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2007) 3416)

  • Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020 

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 of 12 November 2010 on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowances trading within the Community Text with EEA relevance

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 601/2012 of 21 June 2012 on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Text with EEA relevance 

  • Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change and repealing Decision No 280/2004/EC Text with EEA relevance (May 2013)

  • Decision No 529/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on accounting rules on greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from activities relating to land use, land-use change and forestry and on information concerning actions relating to those activities 

  • Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 Text with EEA relevance (May 2014) 

Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) - formerly Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)

  • Directive 2008/1/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 concerning integrated pollution prevention and control. Repealing Directive 96/61/EC

Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREFs)

Industry Authorities

  • Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) Text with EEA relevance - Remark: On 7 January 2014, the IED repealed and replaced Directive 2008/1/EC on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC), Directive 2000/76/EC on waste incineration, Directive 1999/13/EC on activities using organic solvents and Directives 78/176/EEC, 82/883/EEC and 92/112/EEC, concerning titanium dioxide production

Large Combustion Plants

  • Directive 2001/80/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants (October 2001).

NB: the Directive 2001/80/EC was amended by the IED and will be repealed and replaced by the IED on 1 January 2016. 

National Emission Ceilings / Ozone in Ambient Air

  • Directive 2001/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants (October 2001) - consolidated version

  • Directive 2002/3/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 February 2002 relating to ozone in ambient air (February 2002)

  • Directive 2004/107/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December 2004 relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air  (January 2005)

  • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer (recast) (Text with EEA relevance) 

  • Final technical report on the Evaluation of progress under the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive Progress towards EU air quality objectives (October 2012) 

  • Final report on Services to assess the reasons for non-compliance of ozone target value set by Directive 2008/50/EC and potential for air quality improvements in relation to ozone pollution (January 2014)

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants and amending Directive 2003/35/EC

  • Directive 2016/2284/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter)

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

  • Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, on the implementation of the Community Strategy for dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls (COM(2001)593) – Third progress report (October 2010) 

  • Final report on “Study on waste related issues of newly listed POPs and candidate POPs” (April 2011) 

Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

  • Regulation (EC) No 2037/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 June 2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer 

  • Recasted by Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer

Volatile Organic Compounds

  • Council Directive 1999/13/EC of 11 March 1999 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations
  • Amended by Directive 2004/42/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products