REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the progress made on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants

1. This communication concerns a report from EU Commission on the progress made by Member States on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2284 which sets national emission reduction commitments for five of the main air pollutants for 2020 and 2030. The report summarises Member States’ emission projections submitted under the Directive in March 2019, and their National Air Pollution Control Programme (NAPCP) which the UK published in April 2019. The UK NAPCP outlines the range of measures we may employ to meet the emission reduction commitments in 2020 and 2030. The Directive also requires the UK to report its national emissions annually in February (current year minus 2) and will not report compliance with 2020 targets until 2022.


2. The Directive (EU) 2016/2284 also known as the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) was transposed into UK law in 2018. The National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2018 (superseding the National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2002) introduces the obligations of Directive 2016/2284/EU and also implements the International Gothenburg Protocol.

3. The legislation introduces legally binding national emission reduction commitments for five air pollutants responsible for significant negative impacts on human health and the environment: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), ammonia (NH3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This requires the United Kingdom to reduce emissions of these pollutants from a 2005 baseline level by specified percentages by 2020 and 2030.

Topic  Environment 
Department  DEFRA 
Council Reference  9175/20 
COM Reference  COM(20)266 
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