ETC HE Report 2022/2: Status report of air quality in Europe for year 2020, using validated data

This report presents summarised information on the status of air quality in Europe in 2020, based on validated air quality monitoring data officially reported by the member and cooperating countries of the EEA. It aims at informing on the status of ambient air quality in Europe in 2020 and on the progress towards meeting the European air quality standards for the protection of health in the Ambient Air Quality Directives and the new World Health Organization air quality guidelines. The report also compares the air quality status in 2020 with the previous three years.

31 Mar 2022

Prepared by:

Jaume Targa (4sfera Innova), Anna Ripoll (4sfera Innova), Lorena Banyuls (4sfera Innova),
Alberto González Ortiz (EEA), Joana Soares (NILU)

This report presents summarised information on the status of air quality in Europe in 2020, based on validated air quality monitoring data officially reported by the member and cooperating countries of the EEA. It aims at informing on the status of ambient air quality in Europe in 2019 and on the progress towards meeting the European air quality standards for the protection of health, as well as the new WHO air quality guidelines. The report also compares the air quality status in 2020 with the previous three years. The pollutants covered in this report are particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), O3, NO2, benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), SO2, CO, benzene and toxic metals (As, Cd, Ni, Pb). Measured concentrations above the European air quality standards for PM10, PM2.5, O3, NO2 were reported by 20, 6, 21, and 8 European countries for 2020, respectively. Exceedances of the air quality standards for BaP, SO2, CO, and benzene were measured in, respectively, 11, 19, 2, and 0 European countries in 2020. Exceedances of European standards for toxic metals were reported by 7 stations for As, 0 for PB, 1 for Cd and 2 for Ni.