Public consultation on EU Action Plan Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil

To secure clean air, water and soil, healthy ecosystems and a healthy living environment for Europeans, the EU needs to better prevent, remedy, monitor and report on pollution, mainstream the zero pollution ambition into all its policy developments and decouple economic growth from the increase of pollution, in line with United Nations driven efforts.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from citizens and stakeholders on an EU Action Plan “Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil”.  The European Green Deal announced that to protect Europe’s citizens and ecosystems, the EU needs to move towards  a  zero  pollution  ambition,  and better  prevent  and  remedy  pollution  from  air,  water,  soil,  and consumer  products. To  address  these  interlinked  challenges, in  2021 the  Commission  will  adopt  a  Zero Pollution  Action  Plan. Despite important improvements over the last decades, pollution continues to harm citizens and ecosystems. It causes multiple physical and mental diseases, and is one of the five main drivers of biodiversity loss. Pollution comes at a high price for society and ecosystems, including health-related costs (healthcare, lost workdays, lost productivity), reduced yields (e.g.  in agriculture, fisheries  and  tourism), remediation costs (e.g.  water treatment, soil decontamination,  marine depollution)  and loss  of ecosystem services (e.g. pollination).

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