Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado
Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC—snapshot

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • Purpose and scope of the ambient air quality and cleaner air Directive 2008/50/EC
  • Main changes to the Directive
  • Key requirements
  • Key definitions
  • Competent authorities
  • Zones and agglomerations
  • A. Air quality assessment
  • More...

TitleDirective 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe
* consolidated version: 18/09/2015
Entry into Force11/06/2008
Transposition Deadline11/06/2010
AmendmentsCommission Directive (EU) 2015/1480 of 28 August 2015 amending several annexes to Directives 2004/107/EC and 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the rules concerning reference methods, data validation and location of sampling points for the assessment of ambient air quality (Text with EEA relevance). This Directive (EU) 2015/1480, Annex II, amends Directive 2008/50/EC, Annexes I, III, VI and IX.
Implementing legislation in England and WalesThe Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010 (Environmental protection) SI 2010/1001. Entry into force 11 June 2010. These regulations apply to England, with the exception of regulations 3(a), 23, 24, 25(3) and 32 which extend to the whole of the UK.
The Air Quality Standards (Wales) Regulations 2010 (Environmental Protection)—2010/1433 (W.126). Entry into force 11 June 2010.
The Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/74.
Air Quality Standards (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/390
*Please note the first two implementing SIs have been subsequently amended. The amendments do not impact this Directive's implementation.
SubjectAir quality, air pollution.

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement,

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