Zero Pollution Action Plan for air, water and soil

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Gaia BOTTONI / Lukáš ĎURECH
  3. Contact

Background

The European Green Deal announced that to protect Europe’s citizens and ecosystems, the EU needs to move towards a zero pollution ambition, and better prevent and remedy pollution from air, water, soil, and consumer products.

To address these interlinked challenges, the Commission has adopted the action plan Pathway to a Healthy Planet for All - EU Action Plan: 'Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil. This action plan will also support the post-COVID 19 recovery by promoting a more sustainable re-launch of the EU economy, creating job opportunities and reducing social inequalities, as pollution often affects the most vulnerable people most seriously.

Specifically, the Action Plan aims to focus on measures to strengthen implementation and enforcement, so that public authorities, businesses and citizens can use EU rules on pollution more effectively; consider the need to improve the existing health and environment acquis (which will be subject to separate initiatives); seek improvements to the governance of pollution policies, including at the international level; and drive societal change, amongst others using digital solutions and contributing to a sustainable consumption agenda attentive to pollution impacts.