Sergio Sastre (ENT) is one of the speakers of the webinar “Air pollution from waste disposal: not for public breath”. Organized by Zero Waste Europe, the webinar will take place on November 3rd. Sergio Sastre is author of the report “Air Pollution Not for Public Breath”, .
On June 30 the European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants. The National Emission Celling Directive sets stricter national limits from 2020 to 2029 and from 2030 onwards for five pollutants: sulpher dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter.
Waste-to-energy incineration is the most significant source of some of theses pollutants, so further expansion of this industry in Europe could compromise the succesful implementation of this new directive and the reduction of air pollution in our environment. Moreover, Best Available Techniques Reference (BREFs) documents referring to waste-on-energy incineration are currently being reviewed, opening up an opportunity for further regulation.
With a panel of experts in the field, this webinar will provide an overview on the EU policy framework concerning air pollution, the main impacts from waste disposal on air pollution and public health, and how this new NEC directive as well as the current negotiations around BREF for waste disposal, can help reinforce national plans to tackle air pollution.