Air pollutant emission 2010 limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States; road transport NOx a main factor
Green Car Congress
FEBRUARY 22, 2012
The directive covers four main air pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO 2 ), nitrogen oxides (NO x ), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia (NH 3 ). These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation. These pollutants contribute to health problems and can also lead to economic losses and environmental damage. The pollutant for which most exceedances were registered was NO x.