Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3825–3841, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3825-2016

Special issue: The Pan European Gas-Aerosols Climate Interaction Study...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3825–3841, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3825-2016

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 et al.

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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.
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