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LETTING EUROPE BREATHE

LETTING EUROPE BREATHE

Committee on Human Health & the Environment presents their policy recommendations:

A Vision for Improving Air Quality in Europe

Executive Summary
The threats to human health posed by air pollution are undeniable, both for current and future generations. Improving the quality of the air we breathe needs to be a priority on the political agenda and it is necessary to deal with it through a holistic approach.

Our recommendations tackle the cross-cutting issue of air pollution, focusing on five pillars:

1. The update of the EU Regulatory Framework considering the standards set by the WHO, mainly focusing on the current Ambient and Air Quality Directive.
2. The upgrade of EU monitoring systems and campaigns to raise awareness among citizens.
3. Transport systems and urban planning focusing on reducing pollution from vehicles, tackling both emissions from goods and people transportation.
4. Heating systems, building eff iciency and renewable energy. In some countries, pollution due to household heating with solid fuels is one of the main causes of air pollution and can be tackled successfully by investing in renewables and clean technologies.
5. Policies, fiscal systems and incentives aimed at ensuring a coherent approach among EU policies, budgets and national financing schemes.

Improving air quality is a cross-silo competence in which many issues are at stake. Our policy recommendations aim to involve citizens as well as various stakeholders, from policymakers to doctors, academics and businesses.

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