Public participation in the national program for clean air

In May 2019, the Federal Cabinet approved the National Clean Air Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany and submitted a report to the European Commission. It describes how Germany intends to fulfill its commitment to reduce emissions of SO2, NOX, NMVOC, NH3 and particulate matter. In addition to measures in the transport sector, it is above all a successful change in energy policy and a reduction in ammonia emissions from agriculture that should contribute to meeting the target. However, the successful implementation and realization of mitigation measures requires the conscious involvement of the public. The IZT, in cooperation with AVISO, Sandstein Kommunikation and dwif, is addressing the question of how such participation can be designed in a focused and effective way.
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Preparation of contents for public participation in the context of updating the National Program for Clean Air
2020 - 2023
Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

AVISO GmbH, dwif GmbH, Sandstein Kommunikation GmbH


The European Directive 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain air pollutants (NEC Directive) requires member states to develop national clean air programs every four years. These programs contain current emission forecasts as well as strategies and measures to meet the reduction obligations. For Germany, the national implementation of the NEC Directive is carried out by the 43rd Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchV). According to § 6, the public must be involved in the preparation of the national air pollution control program. This is where the project comes in.Thus, the project aims at developing conceptual and content-related strategies of public participation for the respective measures to reduce air pollutant emissions of the national air pollution control program. 

The project work is divided into three phases:

  • At the beginning there will be an exploration of existing procedures for communicating scientific findings and for public participation in environmental policy measures.
  • The focus of the project lies in the generally comprehensible evaluation of the effects of measures from the national clean air program and the development of specific strategies for their communication.
  • Based on this, concrete design proposals for public participation in the preparation and update of the national clean air program will be developed.



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