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Implementation of the National Emission Ceilings Directive

The new NEC Directive enters into force on 31 December 2016 and must be transposed by 30 June 2018.  Each EU Member State is required to produce a National Air Pollution Control Programme by 31 March 2019 setting out the measures it will take to ensure compliance with the 2020 and 2030 reduction commitments.  The Programmes, together with the Commission evaluation of those programmes, will be made public on this website.

Transposition of the original NEC Directive 2001/81/EC

Pending transposition and implementation of the new Directive, this page deals primarily with the implementation history for the original NEC Directive 2001/81/EC.

The Directive 2001/81/EC requires Member States to draw up a National Programme which includes information on adopted and envisaged policies and measures and quantified estimates of their effects on the emissions in 2010. The first year for drawing up National Programmes was 2002. The reports of the EU-15 Member States can be found on the National Programmes webpage.

Member States were required to send updated National Programmes to the Commission by the end of 2006 if required in order to ensure compliance by 2010. In order to enhance comparability of the reports of the Member States, Member States were requested to base their programmes on the "Recommendations on developing and reporting National Programmes under the National Emission Ceilings Directive" drawn up by the Working Group on Implementation of the CAFE-programme.

The updated national programmes were assessed in the Evaluation of 2006 National Programmes and the results fed into the revision of the NEC Directive.

Reporting of emission inventories and projections

Based on the provisions of the Directive, Member States were obliged to annually report their national emission inventories and (in the period before 2010) their projections for 2010 to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). These reporting requirements have now been superseded by those of the new NECD 2016/2284/EU, article 10(2). The EEA makes the data available on the EEA's National Emission Ceilings Directive webpage

That reporting has to be based on the EMEP/EEA Emission Inventory Guidebook. The EMEP/Corinair Guidebook has recently been restructured and updated and the 2016 Guidebook is available here.

Applications for emission inventory adjustments
Under Article 5(1) of Directive 2016/2284/EU, Member States can establish adjusted inventories to take account of developments in inventory methodology in the period since the emission reduction obligations were first established. The conditions for making an adjustment are specified in Annex IV Part 4 of the Directive, and the Commission reviews each adjustment application (Article 5(6)) to verify that it is in accordance with the Directive's requirements.  Member States that wish to use this option must notify the Commission by 15 February of the reporting year concerned of the pollutants and sectors for which adjustments will be requested. The full adjustment application, demonstrating that the adjustment is eligible under the requirements of the Directive, is required by 15 March of the reporting year concerned.
Article 21(2) of the Directive allows the Member States to apply Article 5(1) in relation to the ceilings established under the National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC.  The current reporting year represents the first opportunity to apply for such adjustments, and a list of the Member States that have applied, the pollutants and sectors concerned, and the years for which the adjustment is requested can be found here.  The full adjustment applications will also be made available here once submitted, as will the Commission reviews of the applications under Article 5(6).