The National Emission Ceilings Directive

Directive 2016/2284/EU on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (the new National Emission Ceilings Directive), sets national reduction commitments for the five pollutants (sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter) responsible for acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone pollution which lead to significant negative impacts on human health and the environment.

The Directive repeals and replaces Directive 2001/81/EC, the National Emission Ceilings Directive, from the date of its transposition (30 June 2018) ensuring that the emission ceilings for 2010 set in that Directive shall apply until 2020.  The new Directive also transposes the reduction commitments for 2020 taken by the EU and its Member States under the revised Gothenburg Protocol and sets more ambitious reduction commitments for 2030 so as to cut the health impacts of air pollution by half compared with 2005.  This also brings significant benefits for the quality of freshwater, soils and terrestrial habitats.