European Court Rules on Too Much Nitrogen in Germany
European Court Rules on Too Much Nitrogen in Germany. Germany may also be unable to comply with measures to reduce nitrogen emissions.
The European Court of Justice will rule on Thursday about the already too dirty air in German cities such as Hamburg and Munich. If the court slaps Germany on the fingers, there might be less room for diesel cars in some places.
Since 2010, Germany has systematically exceeded the nitrogen dioxide limits in EU rules to ensure clean air in 26 areas.
Therefore, the European Commission declared the German government in default and went to court when Berlin did not show improvement.
Recently, the air in German cities contains less nitrogen dioxide, partly due to the corona crisis. But in Munich and Hamburg, the limit was still violated last year, the German environmental service noted.