Tackling the health impacts of non-exhaust road emissions

On the road towards truly zero-emission transport

3 June 2021

14:00 - 16:00 CEST


Non-exhaust emissions from brakes, tyres and road abrasion have overtaken exhaust emissions as the dominant source of particulate matter (PM) emissions from transport in Europe. PM is the air pollutant with the highest impact on our health, with transport one of the leading sources, particularly in urban environments where over 70% of Europeans live. Yet until now, non-exhaust emissions remain unregulated.

The zero pollution ambition and transition to clean and zero-emission transport are central to the European Green Deal. New CO2 emission performance standards and more stringent pollutant emission standards for vehicles will be presented later this year. Will non-exhaust emissions be included? What do we know about non-exhaust emissions and how to reduce them? What is their impact on other emissions and pollution from traffic? Is it fair to talk about zero emission vehicles without addressing non-exhaust emissions?

Our event during Green Week discussed the impacts of non-exhaust emissions on our health, particularly on marginalised communities, as well as some of the ongoing developments and opportunities on how their effects can be tackled through technology, EU regulation and action at local level.


14:00-14:10 | Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
14:10-15:00 | Non-exhaust emissions: what is the issue
  • Katherine Farrow, OECD, Co-author of the recent report on non-exhaust particulate emissions from road transport
  • Prof. Flemming Cassee, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  • Maurizio Maggiore, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
  • Julia Wadoux, AGE Platform Europe
15:00-15:50 | Tackling non-exhaust emissions
  • Jutta Paulus MEP, Member, Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Committee on Transport and Tourism
  • Dr. Sebastian Gramstat, Expert on non-exhaust emissions at Volkswagen Auto Group
  • Christophe Rocca-Serra, CEO, Tallano
15:50-16:00 | Closing Remarks
  • Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

The discussion will be moderated by Matteo Barisione (EPHA).

This event is registered as a partner event during EU Green Week 2021.

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