Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)


Taken effect in 1983, the Geneva Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) aims at contributing internationally to developing policies and strategies for reducing damage to human health and the environment caused by air pollution. Decisions of the 51 members of the Convention from Europe and North America are recorded in protocols, agreeing on emission reduction commitments. Besides the policy cooperation, scientific cooperation and exchange of information are main pillars of the Convention.


The 1999 Gothenburg protocol of the CLRTAP, taken effect in 2005, sets binding national emission ceilings for 2010 for sulfur, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and volatile organic compounds with the goal of reducing the impact on health, natural ecosystems, materials and crops. It further limits emission values for specific emission sources, for example large combustion plants, industry and road vehicles, and requires the use of best available techniques.

Please visit the website of the Convention for further information.



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