Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe

Name of policy Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe
Jurisdiction Supranational region
Supranational region
Country European Union
Region


Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Air pollution
Type of policy instrument
  • Regulatory Instruments
    • Codes and standards
      • Sectoral standards
    • Other mandatory requirements
    Sector name
    • General
      Policy description "This Directive lays down measures aimed at the following:

      1.defining and establishing objectives for ambient air quality designed to avoid, prevent or reduce harmful effects on human health and the environment as a whole; 2.assessing the ambient air quality in Member States on the basis of common methods and criteria; 3.obtaining information on ambient air quality in order to help combat air pollution and nuisance and to monitor long-term trends and improvements resulting from national and Community measures; 4.ensuring that such information on ambient air quality is made available to the public; 5.maintaining air quality where it is good and improving it in other cases; 6.promoting increased cooperation between the Member States in reducing air pollution." (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32008L0050)

      Pollution limits are provided in the directive annexes.

      Policy type
      • Changing activity
      • Energy efficiency
      • Renewables
      • Nuclear or CCS or fuel switch
      • Non-energy5
      Policy stringency
      Implementation state Implemented
      Date of decision 2008
      Start date of implementation
      End date of implementation
      High impact GHG reduction
      Impact indicator


      Source or references http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32008L0050
      Supports policies
      Is supported by policies
      • [[:DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants
      • amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive 2001/81/EC|DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants
      • amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive 2001/81/EC]]
      Comments (background and assessment)
      Status Final

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