The EC has adopted an EU Action Plan on Zero Pollution of Air, Water and Soil

The European Commission has adopted an EU Action Plan on Zero Pollution of Air, Water and Soil , one of the key elements of the European Green Course , which is also a key theme this year. It sets out a vision for 2050 - a world where pollution is reduced to levels that no longer harm human health or natural ecosystems - and a roadmap for achieving this. The plan links all relevant EU anti-pollution policies, with a particular focus on how to tackle pollution digitally. It is planned to examine the relevant EU legislation to see which aspects are not yet covered by EU law and in which cases better implementation is needed to meet these legal obligations.

Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virgīnijs Sinkēvičs: “Environmental pollution has a negative impact on health, especially for the most vulnerable and socially excluded groups, and is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. The need for the EU to play a leading role in the global fight against pollution is clearer today than ever before. With the Zero Pollution Action Plan, we will create a healthy living environment for Europeans, promote sustainable recovery and facilitate the transition to a clean, climate-neutral circular economy. ”

To move the EU towards the 2050 target of a healthy planet for healthy people, the Action Plan sets important 2030 targets for reducing pollution at source (reduction compared to the current situation), namely:

  • improve air quality so as to reduce the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution by 55%;
  • to improve water quality by reducing the amount of waste and plastic waste at sea by 50% and the amount of microplastics released into the environment by 30%;
  • improve soil quality by reducing nutrient losses and the use of chemical pesticides by 50%;
  • to achieve a 25% reduction in EU ecosystems where air pollution threatens biodiversity;
  • to achieve a 30% reduction in the number of people permanently disturbed by transport noise;
  • significantly reduce waste generation by 50% of municipal waste.

More information and details about the proposed plan here: