In what The Guardian article attempts to call a last ditch effort to successfully reduce air pollution, the European Union, through its environment commission (EC), will strongly implement rules regarding vehicular emissions. Janez Potocnik, the environment commissioner of Europe, strongly suggested the fining of countries who will not abide by the rules that his group will provide. The article states:
“Poor air quality is the number one environmental cause of premature death in the EU with a toll that outstrips road traffic accidents. It is an ‘invisible killer’ and it prevents many people from living a fully active life,” he said. Potocnik said air pollution already costs Europe €330-940bn (£277-789bn) a year in extra health costs and prematurely killed over 100,000 people a year.
Large cities like London have claimed to be unable to meet NO2 targets set in 1999 until 2025 at the earliest. They have argued for extensions but the new initiative is expected to force them to take traffic off the road using charges, and stricter low emission zones.
A commentary about the statement made is that the EC left out the ways of successfully reducing vehicular emission, focusing on accountability on the part of its constituents. There are ways of reducing air pollution, like through upgrading flexible exhaust tubing for large vehicles and outfitting exhaust elbows for trucks. Repairing engines and enhancing fuel sources may also reduce pollution in a significant level. Simply raising awareness of campaigns to reduce pollution can already be a significant way of helping the nation clean itself.
The implementation of strict rules regarding vehicular emission all over the world serves as a pivotal role in addressing one of the more crucial environmental issues the world faces today. Advocacies for cleaner air through proper car maintenance can already go a long way in supporting this cause.
(Source: London told to cut air pollution by 2020 – or face fines, The Guardian, 18 December 2013)