Commission launches consultation on Zero Pollution Action Plan

The Commission launched an open public consultation on an EU Action Plan “Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil – building a Healthier Planet for Healthier People”. Key pillar of the European Green Deal, the Zero Pollution Ambition will build on initiatives in the field of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate. Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “Environmental pollution not only negatively affects our health, especially of the citizens from the most vulnerable groups, but it is also one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. So clearly, there is urgency to act. With the Zero Pollution Action Plan we want to create a healthy living environment for Europeans, contribute to a resilient recovery and boost the transition to a clean, circular and climate neutral economy.” The consultation follows the recent publication of the roadmap that outlines EU plans to achieve zero pollution by better preventing, remedying, monitoring and reporting on pollution, and helping mainstream the ambition in all policies and investment tools. The Zero Pollution Action Plan will be the next important step of implementing the Zero Pollution Ambition after the recent publication of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The consultation on the Zero Pollution Action Plan is open for feedback until 10 February 2021. The feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine-tuning of the initiative. More information is available here.