Right to Clean Air

The citizens of Europe have the right to clean air. This is why European and National Regulations, for example Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe, set a number of limits and alarm thresholds for the concentrations of certain pollutants in the air. These include particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC

Mean Limit PM10 (Particulate Matter) Limit NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide)
24 h (PM10) 1 h (NO2) 50 µg/m3 not more than 35 violations /year 200 µg/m3not more than 18 violations/year
1 year 40 µg/m3 40 µg/m3

PM10 and PM2.5 particulates are easily breathed in (causing lung cancer).

Diesel exhaust emissions have been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/ WHO) as being carcinogenic to humans (Group1). The IARC based their finding on scientific evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

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EU Emission standards

Vehicle emission standards have become increasingly stringent, requiring exhaust aftertreatment. To address this, vehicles in use can be retrofitted with newest technology!

Emission Limits, Commercial vehicles 

PM = Particulate Matter
NOx = Nitrogen Oxides

Emission Limits, Commercial vehicles

Emission Limit Schedule, Non-Road Mobile Machinery

Emission Limits Non-Road applications

Stage V is a proposal of the European Commission.
Graphs to be used for reference puposes only.

Related links

Dieselnet - Emission standards in Europe