Pollution can have severe health impacts. EU policies aim to protect citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and well-being.
Pollution always comes from somewhere. European environmental legislation is based on the "polluter pays" principle, which identifies the source of pollution and obliges polluters to pay for damage caused. This encourages businesses to remove harmful pollutants before any damage occurs.
In this section you can find out about EU action to protect our air, combat the threats facing our waters, how chemicals are controlled, and action on noise.