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EU targets ‘zero pollution’ by 2050

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 26th October, 2022 04:49:45 PM
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The European Union’s executive arm will lay out plans to drastically cut pollution levels across the bloc, potentially eliminating more than 70% of the 300,000 premature deaths annually over the next decade, according to Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius.

The measures to be announced Wednesday by the European Commission will include an overhaul of the bloc’s air-pollution regulation, in an effort to bring the EU closer to guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization. That includes a target to cut the annual limit of fine particulate matter -- the main pollutant -- by more than half by the end of the decade.

“We want to set the EU on a trajectory for zero pollution in the air by 2050 at the latest,” Sinkevicius said in an interview. “Fresh air shouldn’t be a luxury in Europe.”

The proposals are expected to generate annual economic benefits of up to 121 billion euros ($120 billion) by the end of the decade from increased crop production, fewer lost work days and other factors. Citizens health issues linked to air pollution will be given the right to be compensated.

Source: Hindustan Times