National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC—snapshot [Archived]
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National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC—snapshot [Archived]

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC—snapshot [Archived]
  • Purpose of the Directive
  • Scope of the Directive
  • Main changes to the Directive
  • Key definitions
  • Key requirements
  • National emissions ceilings
  • Interim environmental objectives
  • National programmes
  • Emission inventories and projections
  • More...

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TitleDirective 2001/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants
Latest consolidated version—July 2013
Entry into Force27 November 2001
Transposition Deadline26 November 2002
AmendmentsSee document information for details of all amendments
Directive (EU) 2016/2284Directive (EU) 2016/2284 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive 2001/81/EC (revised NEC Directive).
The revised NEC Directive EU 2016/2284, which entered into force on 31 December 2016, repeals and replaces NEC Directive 2001/81/EC with effect from 1 July 2018. The revised NEC Directive ensures that the emission ceilings for 2010 set out in the NEC Directive 2001/81/EC shall apply until 2020 and also includes new emission levels up to 2030, including for the additional pollutant of particulate matter.
Implementing legislation in England and WalesThe National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2002, SI 2002/3118 of 16 December 2002 which entered into force on 10 January 2003.
SubjectAir emissions

Purpose of the Directive

The aim of the Directive 2001/81/EC is to limit emissions (by establishing national emission ceilings to be achieved by certain dates) of acidifying and eutrophying pollutants and ozone precursors to improve the protection of the environment and human health in the EU against risks

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