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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Air pollution increased in Spain in 2017

In 2017, air quality worsened in Spain as a result of the economic recovery. A total of 45 million people (~97% of the population) breathed polluted air in 2017, according to Spanish confederation, Ecologists in Action. In their report titled “Air quality in the Spanish State during 2017”, the confederation announced that 88% of the national territory was exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution.

Overall in 2017, levels of pollution from particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), tropospheric ozone (O3) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) increased. Thus, 2017 is the second year since the beginning of the economic crisis that registers the highest levels of pollution.

Among the recommendations suggested by Ecologists in Action, the importance of elaborating and adopting Air Quality Improvement Plans and short-term action plans at the municipal level has been highlighted.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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