UK emissions down say official figures

Defra has published 2007 results from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) for UK emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia.

This represents a continuation of the long-term trend of a reduction in emissions of these pollutants. Since 1990, there have been decreases of 21 per cent for ammonia, 46 per cent for nitrogen oxides, 64 per cent for NMVOCs, and 84 per cent for sulphur dioxide.

The National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) sets ceilings for each EU Member State for emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), and ammonia. These four pollutants are primarily responsible for acidification and eutrophication that can be damaging to ecosystems, and the formation of ground-level ozone. For some pollutants there are additional targets that the UK is obliged to meet.

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