Tougher EU air pollution targets ‘could save €40bn’

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The European Parliament has called for tougher caps on air pollution across the EU.
The Environment Members of the European Parliament (MEP) suggest emissions should be cut by 70% across the EU and save €40 billion (£57bn) in air pollution costs by 2030.
Six main pollutants are being targeted including sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.
Air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, the European Parliament claims.
MEPs also want the future National Emission Ceilings directive (NEC) to include caps on mercury from 2020.
The committee stressed more ambitious targets should be set in order to reach 2030 goals and suggested mid-point emissions targets for 2025 to be added to the legislation.
They would be fully binding for all pollutants, with the exception of methane.
Julie Girling, European Conservative and Reformist MEP, said: “The new NEC directive is the opportunity to tackle this important health issue by putting in place the benchmarks for Member States to work towards.
“We cannot underestimate the benefits that would result from cleaning up the air we breathe.”
Earlier this year a report by the World Health Organisation said air pollution costs the UK “$83 billion a year”.