Nature Conservation Union warns: cancellation of the “air 100” causes discussions


The Austrian Nature Conservation Association warns of the cancellation of the “Luft-100er” between Salzburg and Golling. It is a major omission when it comes to environmental and climate policy.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is one of the leading causes of health problems in Western industrialized countries. In the EU alone, air pollutants cause around 400,000 premature deaths each year and negatively impact ecosystems and climate change.

Measure to improve air quality
The Austrian Nature Protection Association is now criticizing the Salzburg state government’s plan to lift the speed limit on the Tauern motorway between Salzburg and Golling. The Nature Conservation Union considers this decision a step backwards in Salzburg’s environmental and climate policy. Mere compliance with the limits for pollutants seems insufficient. The “Air 100” was one of the measures to improve air quality, and its removal could lead to further deterioration of air pollution.

“We are in a threatening situation: if annual greenhouse gas emissions remain at current levels, Austria will already have used up the remaining CO₂ budget agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement by mid-2025. And the main reason for this, besides construction, is traffic, as one of the largest CO₂ emitters in Austria,” says Hannes Augustin, an expert at the Nature Conservation Union.

Source: Krone


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