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Policy Issue

Air Quality Legislation

Policy Isssue

Air Quality Legislation

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State of play

Eurovent has advocated consistently for a policy response from the EU on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). On 12 May 2021, the European Commission adopted the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan, in which it promises to assess pathways and policy options to improve indoor air quality, focusing on key determinants and pollution sources and exploring ways to raise greater public awareness and reduce risks.

On 26 October 2022, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a recast Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directive. The proposal would merge the current AAQ Directives into one single Directive, and sets interim 2030 EU air quality standards, aligned more closely with World Health Organization guidelines. The revision also introduces better access to justice, effective penalties, improved public information on air quality, and stronger provision on air quality monitoring, modelling, and plans.

The Impact Assessment ruled out the option to expand the scope of the AAQ Directives to include IAQ. The Commission recognised that a bespoke policy response for IAQ would be required and recalled its intentions from the Zero Pollution Action Plan to assess pathways and policy options to improve indoor air quality’ as from 2023. Eurovent will follow up on this commitment in 2023.


16 September 2021
In response to a written question by a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), the Commission has clarified its stance on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The Commission’s reply mostly summarises the status quo and reveals no new ambitions to develop an EU policy framework for IAQ...
3 min read
14 April 2021
On 25 March 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directives, in which it calls on the European Commission to regulate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as well. The resolution is not binding on the Commission but is...
2 min read
20 January 2021
This study was published on 13 January 2021 and, while addressing and advocating policies to address the impact of air pollution on diseases, it also deals with Indoor Air Quality and questions such as if ventilation standards, mainly based on CO2 concentrations, would sti...
2 min read


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