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Air quality

Concern is focused on the potential health and environmental effects of air pollution from emissions such as oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds and particulates. ICAO technical design standards limit emissions of NOx, carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HFC) at source.

Although there is no specific EU legislation in relation to aviation emissions, the general EU legislation establishing limit values for the pollutants of concern (mainly NOx and particulates in the case of aircraft emissions) Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe , apply at and around airports just as they do everywhere else in the EU.

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