Explanation of Key Trends - Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

Last updated on 04 Dec 2014 08:38 (cf. Authors)

Main drivers

Total PM2.5 emissions dropped by 37.5% between 1995 and 2012. The Main Drivers for PM2.5 emissions are Fuel Combustion (NFR 1.A) with 71% of total 1995 emissions and a 40% reduction between 1995-2011 and as a sum the Industrial Processes (NFR 2) with 18.6% of total 1995 emissions and a 41% reduction between 1995-2012.

Within both National totals and NFR 1.A, Transport (NFR 1.A.3) is responsible for the biggest part of PM2.5 emissions. Here, about 90% of 2010 PM2.5 emissions are induced by Road Transport (NFR 1.A.3.b), caused by two third directly by fuel consumption (NFR 1.A.3.b.i - v) and the other third by road abrasion and tyre and brake wear (NFR 1.A.3.b.vi - vii).

PM2.5 Emissions 1995-2012

Total Emissions (Gg) Trend: latest compared to
1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 1990 last years
179 149 125 123 117 113 109 119 113 112 down_green.png -37.5% stagnate_yellow.png

PM2.5 trend by sector

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