National plan to reduce air pollution2017-12-29
The National Air Pollution Reduction (Management) Plan being drafted should help at least some of the problems related to air pollution: to reduce morbidity, the number of premature deaths, volumes of ecosystem degradation caused by such pollution, etc.
It will be drafted according to the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council which established that by 2020 and 2030 the whole EU and each of its member states separately must reduce the quantity of pollutants emitted into the ambient air, compared to 2005. Having reached the established goals, the negative impact of air pollution on human health should be reduced by almost 50 % within the EU.
Lithuania has also set the goals that are hard to achieve. By 2020, our country will have to reduce the emission of sulphur dioxide by 55 %, nitrogen oxides by 48 %, non-methane volatile organic compounds by 32 %, small hard particles by 20 %, and ammonia by 10 %, and between 2020 and 2030 it will have to additionally reduce the emissions of sulphur dioxide by 5 %, nitrogen oxides by 3 %, volatile organic compounds by 15 %, and hard particles by 16 %.
The National Air Pollution Reduction (Management) Plan, as provided for in the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Government Programme, must be drafted and approved by 31 December 2018. As commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, this document is drafted by UAB Smart Continent LT. It is provided that its initial draft will be submitted to the concerned institutions at the end of March 2018. The public will participate in the evaluation of the draft National Air Pollution Reduction (Management) Plan and the strategic assessment of the environmental impact of this Plan under the procedure laid down by law.
In compliance with the requirements of the aforementioned Directive, this Plan will evaluate current air quality and its pollution in the country, determine the quantity of emitted pollutants when implementing national strategic documents in the field of climate change management, transportation, agriculture, use of renewable energy sources, and other areas related to air pollution, and establish how much pollution should be reduced in such areas where air pollutant concentrations are too high. In addition, the measures that will allow for the effective reduction of the pollutants indicated in the agricultural, energy, transport, industrial and other sectors will be provided.
Public Relations Division
29 December 2017