Strategies and policies
EU clean air policy aims to improve ambient air quality and tackle air pollution, to protect the environment and human health. More specifically, EU policies aim to: reduce the number of premature deaths and sicknesses caused by air pollution and reduce pollution pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity.
Clean air is essential to our health and to the environment. However, due to human activities causing polluting emissions, air quality has deteriorated considerably. These activities are notably linked to industry, energy production, domestic heating, agriculture and transport.
Air pollution is the number one environmental health problem in the EU and causes serious illnesses such as asthma, cardiovascular problems and lung cancer. Air pollution also damages the environment and ecosystems through excess nitrogen pollution and acid rain. It is also costly for the economy, as it leads to lost working days and high healthcare costs.
To tackle air pollution and achieve the EU’s zero pollution vision for 2050 the EU has a comprehensive clean air policy based on three pillars: ambient air quality standards, reducing air pollution emissions, and emissions standards for key sources of pollution.
As air quality is a key determining factor for the quality of life in cities, the partnership on air quality works on proposals for better regulation, funding and knowledge in this area.
Related Commission priorities: European Green Deal
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Funding opportunities and advice
Programmes and funding opportunities
For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.
Advice and technical assistance
Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.
ELTIS is Europe's main urban mobility observatory, which facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Europe.
JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.
fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.
Testing and development of air-quality mitigation measures in Southern Europe.
CLEAN AIR - Clean air in Cities
Effective implementation of Air Quality Directive: networks of regional and local administrations and NGOs, capacity-building and awareness-raising.
Community-based environmental monitoring and information system focused on urban air pollution.