According to the latest data, Italy is only in line with the cuts in sulphur dioxide. Collective action is therefore urgently needed…
The latest report on the NEC directive by Eea provides us with the state of the art of the results achieved by the EU Member States in compliance with Directive 2284/2016 which requires the reduction of certain harmful emissions. Overall, 2017 saw compliance with the ceilings imposed by the EU on Member States for four of the pollutants identified: nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds other than methane (COVNMVOC), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ammonia (NH3).
Eea’s report on reporting to the NEC Directive
In general, the EU is, with due difference, maintaining the polluting emissions bar in the waterline. In fact, if we consider the workforce other than methane, we can see that the emission target already set for 2020 has been met. However, it can be seen that six Member States have not complied with the ceilings imposed for at least one pollutant, and this applies in particular to the emission of ammonia (+2.5% between 2014 and 2017). Overall, 6 out of 10 Member States are not yet ready to meet their 2020 pollutant targets.
And Italy? What to do to meet the 2030 targets
Italy is in line with the respect of the pollutant ceilings for nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and ammonia. The situation is different for non-methane employees, where more effort is needed. From the cut to emissions presented in a draft for the cut to emissions, together with the data delivered online compared to the results achieved as of April 1, 2019, it can be seen that Italy is in line only for the cut of emissions of sulphur dioxide towards 2030.
The current situation tells us that, in light of the strategies in place, 20 out of 28 countries are still unable to meet the ceilings for reducing pollutants by 2030. It concludes with a warning to Member States, as the Eea report states, that reductions of around 15% for NMVOC and NH3, more than 30% for PM2.5% and SO2 and almost 40% for NOx are urgently needed.