Towards an Integrated Approach to Managing Urban Pollution: An Overview of EU Policy and Regulation

Slobodan Perdan

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Current trends in urban development such as the growth of road transport, the drive for more housing and rising household consumption of natural resources, place severe pressure on the environment, human health and the quality of life. Poor air quality, generation of large volumes of waste and waste-water, high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, high levels of ambient noise and derelict land are some of the common environmental problems facing urban areas. There is a wide range of different approaches to deal with these impacts. However, it is being increasingly recognised that the most appropriate way of tackling the problems of urban pollution would be to employ an integrated management approach which would recognise that the most powerful solutions may not be entirely technical, and may involve understanding and encouraging behavioural change.Those working on developing such an integrated approach to urban pollution face a complex regulatory regime to navigate ??? and that regime is changing rapidly. European legislation plays one of the key parts in this complex regulatory framework. A number of EU Directives concerning water and air pollution, the Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment, and the European Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment, are some of the examples of the EU legislation with a significant impact on urban policy.This report gives an overview of the current EU regulatory framework for the management of urban pollution. The first section lists the EU environmental legislation relevant to urban pollution, and outlines main features of the most important Directives. The second section looks at the EU Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment and assesses its importance for development of a more integrated approach to urban environment. Main features of the integrated approach to the management of urban pollutions promoted by the EU, and barriers for its implementation are then discussed. The report concludes with a brief discussion of a possible way forward for dealing with the issues of urban pollution in the current regulatory context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherNo publisher name
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Urban pollution
  • EU policy
  • Regulation


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