Smog, Costa: structural measures are being studied to combat it

Smog, Costa: structural measures are being studied to combat it

The Minister of the Environment Costa spoke on the smog issue in the Padano Basin, confirming the desire to intervene quickly on the issue.

Addressing the problem of smog in the Padano Basin. This is what the Minister of the Environment Sergio Costa, intervened following the publication of the study conducted by the University of Utrecht, the Global Health Institute of Barcelona and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

According to this research, some Italian cities such as Brescia e Bergamo show a high mortality rate (the highest in Europe) linked to atmospheric pollution from PM2.5. They follow in fourth and eighth place in the ranking Vicenza e Saronno.

The minister Sergio Costa he said he wanted to meet the councilors of the Regions included in the Padano Basin as soon as possible to develop a plan for the air quality. A project that takes into account the provisions of the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan):

Thanks to the constant work with the majority, in the latest draft of the PNRR a specific reference is made to the issue of air quality: it is specified that it is a transversal issue that runs through the entire investment plan “.

Specifically in the missions’ Sustainable agriculture and circular economy ‘and’ Infrastructures for sustainable mobility ‘, but there are specific measures in all sectors that have the greatest impact on pollutant emissions and contribute to the improvement of air quality, in accordance with the’ Clean Air Dialogue ‘signed in Turin in 2019 and with the program agreements already signed by the Ministry of the Environment with the Regions, which are the institution with which we speak.

The fight against air pollution is done on several fronts and we must work on this, focusing on all-round interventions, from energy to transport to the production system.

As Costa recalled, the Ministry of the Environment allocated 180 million euros in 2019 for the improvement of public transport in the “Po Valley”. A multi-year fund of 900 million is also planned in the period between 2020 and 2034 and a further 40 million annually starting from 2035. The minister concluded:

I believe that action must be taken on two levels: urgent and immediate measures, and structural. We will talk about this, as soon as possible, at the table with the councilors. At the same time, the national legislation on air pollution control will be reformed, with the alignment of national and regional legislation and accompanying measures for the reduction of atmospheric pollutant emissions.

Source: Ministry of the Environment

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