The European Commission is preparing a new law to be reviewed by the European Parliament, which will aim to improve air quality through the reduction in around 20% of pollutants currently present in the air.
According to member states favouring the legislation, new air quality laws will be able to prevent 58,000 premature deaths a year around the continent. It’s meant to save the Eurozone 40 billion euros in healthcare, along with crop and infrastructure damage.
The move has been criticised by observers as too lenient a goal for 2030, especially given recent air quality disasters in mega-cities like New Delhi or Beijing. By Western standards, EU is already falling behind North America on its policy development in this area.