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Glossary 

This glossary provides definitions of common terms used in the context of air pollution.

You can navigate quickly to a term using the alphabetic links below; clicking on the terms will show their definition.



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  • EMEP (Co-operative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-Range Transmission ofAir pollutants in Europe)
  • Emission Factor
  • Emission Inventories
  • EPAQS
  • EU Directives
    The European Union has been legislating to control emissions of air pollutants and to establish air quality objectives since the early 1970s. European Directives on ambient air quality require the UK to undertake air quality assessment, and to report the findings to the European Commission on an annual basis. Historically this has been under the Air Quality Framework Directive (1996/62/EC) and the Daughter Directives (DD) (1st DD -1999/30/EC, 2nd DD -2000/69/EC, 3rd DD 2002/3/EC and 4th DD- 2004/107/EC). In June 2008, a new Directive came into force: the Council Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (2008/50/EC), known as the "Air Quality Directive". This Directive consolidates the first three Daughter Directives, and was transposed into the Regulations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in June 2010. The 4th Daughter Directive remains in force.
  • Exceedence

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