Air quality in Europe – where do we stand ahead of the review of EU air legislation:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 24/09/2012 First transmission: 24/09/2012
Extracts from the launch event with
- Jacqueline McGLADE, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency
- Janez POTOČNIK, Member of the EC in charge of Environment
Air pollution harms human health and the environment. In Europe, emissions of many air pollutants have decreased substantially over the past decades, resulting in improved air quality across the region. However, air pollutant concentrations are still too high, and air quality problems persist. A significant proportion of Europe’s population live in areas, especially cities, where exceedances of air quality standards occur
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||Exterior view of the EP, Brussels
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jacqueline McGLADE, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency: "You're not exposed one, by one, by one. You're exposed in a kind of complex mixture. What we also begin to see in the last decade is that at the same time we are exposed to many other thinks: pharmaceuticals - a whole range of chemicals in the environment".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jacqueline McGLADE, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency: "Increasingly, for the human health aspect we can indentify that there are particularly vulnerable periods, and we would like to have more awareness for the public on the health sphere. Fore example, in foetal periods, we know, comprehensively, that exposure to mercury reduces mental capacity. We know also that this can influence the gender balance, and the outcome and the health of the future baby. So we have enormous and gathering wholes of information, that growing, we also know that some of the responses of those polluters are not linear. So there is a kind of accumulation of low doses over the year, and than they do 'interesting' thinks later as they accumulate in our bodies".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Janez POTOČNIK, EU Commissioner in charge of Environment: "We are setting up a broad and inclusive process to analyse progress made, identify key challenges for the future, and insure that up-coming proposals are cost effective and based on latest scientific evidence".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Janez POTOČNIK, EU Commissioner in charge of Environment: "In the case of PM 10 as you have seen 81% of EU citizens are exposed to levels higher than limits recommended by the WHO . The conclusions from this work will guide us identifying what needs to be done to minima negative health impact from air pollution".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Janez POTOČNIK, EU Commissioner in charge of Environment: "Part of the problem lies with the coherence of our policies. Fore example the bridges of NO2 limit value, reflect the fact that the euro standards for vehicle emissions have not succeeded in binging down real NO2 emissions to the levels sent out in the legislation. We need to work on changing that situation, but the main issue remains with the member states, as they have insisted in flexibility in applying air quality legislation. This has unfortunately not let to a better implementation. To often the response has rather been too late".
||Cutaways (5 shots)