The societal costs or ‘externalities’ of air pollution from large industrial facilities are high and include impacts on human health, ecosystems, infrastructure and the climate. Within the European Green Deal, the European Union is committed to the transition to climate neutrality, alongside a zero-pollution ambition. European industry also has an important role to play in this shift, reinforcing Europe’s credentials as a leader in ‘green’ industry.

A recent EEA briefing based on Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008–2017 , a report from the EEA’s European Topic Centre on Air Pollution, Transport, Noise and Industrial Pollution, examines societal or ‘external’ costs caused by industrial emissions from different sites and sectors across Europe, with a strong focus on health impacts. Calculating the extent of the problem (pollutants and polluters), the damage caused and the wider costs to society – in both health and non-health terms – will help us to understand the extent of the challenge as well as the potential of specific solutions.

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