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“Cleaner air for all”

9th December 2013, Strasbourg, France

The closing conference for the European Year of Air will take place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Monday, 9 December 2013, under the theme “CLEANER AIR FOR ALL – ALL FOR CLEANER AIR, shared diagnoses and concerted actions”. The ATMO France Federation together with ASPA – ATMO-Alsace have organised the event which will be attended by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment.

09.12.13 Cleaner air for all

On 8th January 2013, the European Commission launched the “Year of Air”.  Throughout the year they have carried out a major review of the current air policy in an effort to improve air quality in the EU.

The conference aims to recap on the positive steps taken during 2013, which include large-scale consultation of the parties involved, reflections on new Air Directives, and Green Week 2013, which was devoted entirely to the theme of air. These initiatives and more are to be reviewed in a more general context under the headings: technical, financial and social difficulties in meeting European air quality challenges.

The one-day event will bring together a broad range of participants including scientists, experts on environment and health, public authorities (European, national and regional), emitters, and citizen representatives. Stakeholders will be invited to present and debate during the day, namely: representatives of the European Commission; the European Parliament; European agencies; Ministries in charge of air quality; citizens organisations; the World Health Organization (WHO); the research program APHEIS/APHEKOM; and the European Respiratory Society.

The full agenda of the conference can be accessed here.

The European Green Capital Award and Air Quality

The European Green Capital Award recognises the impact that greenhouse gas emissions can have on the overall environment of a city, as well as on the health of the citizens, and has listed the quality of local ambient air as one of the 12 environmental indicators for the Award.

The model city of Copenhagen, awarded European Green Capital 2014, has set an ambitious goal to reduce its emissions considerably, and as a result, to be carbon-neutral by 2025. An estimated 75% of the CO2 reductions will come from initiatives relating to the city’s energy system, which mainly involve increasing  the share of renewable energy.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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