EU officials are still waiting to receive crucial air pollution reduction programmes from fourteen EU governments, including France, Germany, Poland and Spain.
National governments were supposed to detail how they planned to reduce emissions of harmful air pollution in ‘National Air Pollution Control Programmes’, which should have been sent to the European Commission this month. However, only 13 of the EU’s 28 Member States had filed their plans by the end of April
By the deadline of 1 April, the Federal Government had been unable to agree on a viable national air pollution control programme.
To protect human health and ecosystems, Germany must save 5 percent by 2020 and at least 29 percent ammonia by 2030. This also requires measures to reduce the precursor gas methane. Together with Bird Life Germany, we are therefore addressing Minister Svenja Schulze in an open letter and calling on the Federal Government to present an effective and ambitious package of measures as soon as possible.