Air pollution

Air pollution

Air pollution is the world’s leading environmental health risk and a major cause of environmental degradation. As the main environmental trigger for premature death globally, it is vital to tackle air pollution while also finding sustainable ways to cope with the pressures of economic activity. To support policy makers in their decision-making, the OECD provides analysis on the health, environmental, and economic consequences of air pollution.

Access Environment at a Glance air quality indicators

Video: The cost of air pollution


2021 EU event Green Week

27 May 2021  EU Green Week: Towards Zero Pollution in the Eastern Partnership Countries

The European Green Week provides a unique opportunity to engage stakeholders and citizens and stimulate joint action. The 2020 theme was ‘zero pollution ambition’, which sits at the core of the EU Green Deal, the new growth strategy of the European Union for a resource-efficient and sustainable economy. The EU4Environment event aims to show how the Programme contributes to the EU ambition for a zero pollution and clean environment.

Focus on green recovery

Cleaner air quality, healthier water, effective waste management, and enhanced biodiversity protection not only reduce the vulnerability of communities to pandemics and improve resilience, but have the potential to boost economic activity, generate income, create jobs, and reduce inequalities.

Discover below how green recovery is a win-win strategy and how governments can have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure a sustainable recovery if they.

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Data: Air quality and health

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Data: Pollutant emissions

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Data: Taxes relevant for air pollution abatement

Green Talks Live

Video: Best Available Techniques

OECD Environment Focus Blogs

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