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

Last updated on 26 Feb 2019 10:19 (cf. Authors)

Main drivers

Total PM2.5 emissions dropped by 50.6% between 1995 and 2017. The Main Drivers for PM2.5 emissions are Fuel Combustion (NFR 1.A) with 69% of total 1995 emissions and a 57% reduction between 1995-2017 and as a sum the Industrial Processes (NFR 2) with about 23% of total 1995 emissions and a 45% reduction between 1995-2017.

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 80% of 2017 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 1995-2017

Total Emissions (Gg) Trend: latest compared to
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 1990 last years
201 168 139 122 117 110 109 104 104 101 99 down_green.png -50.6% down_green.png

PM2.5 trend by sector

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