Fri. Jan 27th, 2023

Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan: ‘Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil’ – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year’s EU Green Week.

It sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, as well as the steps to get there. The plan ties together all relevant EU policies to tackle and prevent pollution, with a special emphasis on how to use digital solutions to tackle pollution. Reviews of relevant EU legislation are foreseen to identify remaining gaps in EU legislation and where better implementation is necessary to meet these legal obligations. To steer the EU towards the 2050 goal of a healthy planet for healthy people, the Action Plan sets key 2030 targets to reduce pollution at source, in comparison to the current situation. The Plan also outlines a number of flagship initiatives and actions. More information is in:

  • Press release: European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil, available here
  • Questions and Answers: Zero Pollution Action Plan, available here
  • Factsheet available here

Follow the press conference by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius live on EbS.

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