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Reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides: Protocol to the Convention on transboundary air pollution

An amended proposal for a Council Decision on accession by the European Economic Community to the Protocol to the Geneva Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution on the reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides or their transboundary fluxes (COM(92) 382) introduces...
An amended proposal for a Council Decision on accession by the European Economic Community to the Protocol to the Geneva Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution on the reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides or their transboundary fluxes (COM(92) 382) introduces two new recitals into the text of the proposal (published in OJ No C 230 of 4.9.1991). The amendments state that:

- In addition to the regulations covering technological adjustments, structural changes must be introduced which seek primarily to curb demand for energy in the various sectors of the economy, and in particular in the transport sector, the main source of NOx pollution;

- The stabilization of total emissions of nitrogen oxides is a laudable but inadequate objective; there is a need to reduce significantly the level of current emissions of nitrogen oxides and of all nitrogenized pollutants.

The original proposal (COM(91) 268) concerns the accession by the EEC to the Protocol to the 1979 Geneva Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution. The Protocol, open for accession from 6 May 1989, sets forth measures to be taken to control and/or reduce national annual emissions of nitrogen oxides or their transboundary fluxes to pre-1988 levels by 31 December 1994.

Parties to the Protocol shall facilitate the exchange of relevant technology and give high priority to appropriate national research programmes within the framework of the Geneva Convention. Calculations of nitrogen budgets and also of transboundary fluxes and deposition of nitrogen oxides shall be provided on annual basis to the Convention's Executive Body by the Cooperative programme for monitoring and evaluation of the long-range transmission of air pollutants in Europe (EMEP). A technical annex on control technologies for nitrogen oxide emissions forms an integral part of the Protocol.

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