According to the European Environment Agency, the air condition in Europe has improved over the last 10 years. As a result, the number of premature deaths has significantly decreased. Despite this, Europeans still suffer from air pollution, and annually around 400,000 of them die.
The EEA report on “Air Quality in Europe – 2020” shows air quality in Europe has improved significantly. Since 2000, emissions of air pollutants from transport have decreased, despite the growing demand for mobility and the associated increase in greenhouse gas emissions. There has also been a reduction in pollutant emissions from energy production. Thanks to better air quality, around 60,000 people died prematurely in 2018 from particulate matter pollution compared to 2009. For nitrogen dioxide, the reduction is even bigger as the number of premature deaths has decreased by around 54% over the last decade.
The EEA report notes that there is still a difference between the EU legislation on air quality limit values and the WHO guidelines. It is an issue that the EC is trying to solve.