NO2 emission change in select European cities during COVID-19 lockdown 2020

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many countries around the world were put into lockdown. This resulted in cities coming to a virtual standstill with bans imposed on travel, which in turn lead to reduced pollution from vehicles. During the period of March to April 2020, the French capital Paris saw nitrogen dioxide emissions reduce by an estimated 54 percent when compared to the same period in 2019. Milan, Rome and Madrid saw similar reductions

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Reductions in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in select cities in Europe due to COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 compared with 2019*

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Release date

April 2020


France, Italy, Spain, EU

Survey time period

March 13 to April 13, 2020

Supplementary notes

*Comparisons are from March to April 2019, and March 13 to April 13, 2020

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