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Damages From Air Pollution Costs Europe £149 Billion Per Year - 27th November

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Damage from air pollution costs Europe £149 Billion per year

The latest report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), ‘Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities – an updated assessment’, states that damages caused by air pollution costs Europe up to £149 billion per year. Britain is the third highest contributor, with 10 of its biggest power plants accounting for at least £12.6 billion between 2008 and 2012.

The report estimates that the majority of costs are linked to health related damages, including premature deaths and respiratory problems. Also included in the estimations were damages to buildings and environmental impacts such as reduced crop yield and water pollution.

Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, said: "This analysis shows that the technologies used by these plants impose hidden costs on our health and the environment.”

The amount of damage costs incurred by air pollution demonstrates the necessity to move towards a resource efficient, low-carbon economy. In support of this, the report suggests that due to a reduction in industrial activity and a change in legislation over the past five years, there has been a noticeable decline in damage costs.

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