Factsheet: Ambient air quality protection Act (IG-L)

Ambient air quality protection Act (IG-L)

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Austrian Ambient Air Quality Protection Act
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Immissionsschutzgesetz - Luft
Description: 
The Austrian Ambient Air Quality Protection Act has established air quality limit values for SO2, NO2 and NOx, lead, benzene, CO and PM and target values for ozone. Pollution levels are generally lower than the limit values for lead, benzene and CO. For SO2, exceedances are rare and usually caused by transboundary air pollution from neighbouring eastern countries. However, limit values for PM and NO2 are exceeded frequently in agglomeration areas (Vienna, Graz and Linz), predominantly at traffic related sites (NO2 and PM) and some industrial hot spots (PM). However, relatively high PM levels can also be found at background sites in the north-eastern parts of Austria, indicating a substantial share of long range air pollution. Target values for ozone are also frequently exceeded.
Goal/Aim: 
air quality limit values for SO2, NO2 and NOx, lead, benzene, CO and PM and target values for ozone.
Responsible Authority: 
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management / Bundesministerium für ein lebenswertes Österreich

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
Limitations and regulations on emissions based on households, industry and transport.
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1997
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2010