Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Research article
22 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 22 Mar 2016

Forty years of improvements in European air quality: regional policy-industry interactions with global impacts

Monica Crippa, Greet Janssens-Maenhout, Frank Dentener, Diego Guizzardi, Katerina Sindelarova, Marilena Muntean, Rita Van Dingenen, and Claire Granier


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AR by Monica Crippa on behalf of the Authors (28 Jan 2016)  Author's response 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Feb 2016) by Andreas Hofzumahaus
RR by R. Maas (20 Feb 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (29 Feb 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (29 Feb 2016) by Andreas Hofzumahaus
AR by Monica Crippa on behalf of the Authors (04 Mar 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
The interplay of European air quality policies and technological advancement to reduce anthropogenic emissions avoided a dramatic deterioration of air quality in Europe and beyond over the last 40 years (e.g. fuel quality directives reduced global SO2 emissions by 88 %, while the EURO standards led to a 50 % reduction of PM2.5). The story told by the EDGAR retrospective scenarios can be informative for designing multi-pollutant abatement policies also in emerging economies.
Final-revised paper