Federal Immission Control Act and Implementing Ordinances
Air quality control in Germany is mainly governed by the Act on the Prevention of Harmful Effects on the Environment Caused by Air Pollution, Noise, Vibration and Similar Phenomena, short Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) and its implementing ordinances and administrative regulations. In addition, there are also provisions on air quality control at Federal State level.

www.bmub.bund.de/service/publikationen/(DE only)


Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control (TA Luft)
The Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control (TA Luft) are a modern instrument for German authorities to control air pollution. They contain provisions to protect citizens from unacceptably high pollutant emissions from installations as well as requirements to prevent adverse effects on the environment. In addition, it lays down emissions limit values for relevant air pollutants from installations. Existing installations must also be upgraded to the best available technology.

www.bmub.bund.de/fileadmin/bmu-import/files/pdfs/allgemein/application/pdf/taluft.pdf (DE only)


Implementation of the directive on industrial emissions
A large share of the emissions reduction necessary to meet the targets above will be achieved by the implementation of the directive on industrial emissions

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • In 2011 more than 42 million cars were registered in Germany, which means 517 cars per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany declined from 1200 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 1991 to 937 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 2012
  • Pollutant emissions from transport were reduced in the last 20 years: carbon monoxide 90 %, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 90 %, benzene by 95 %, nitrogen oxides 90 %

The world‘s first hydrogen fuel cell powered waste collection vehicle is used in Berlin




Advanced vehicle electrification products help improve the marketability of electrified vehicles



Cargotram in dresden – how tramcars do avoid truck transfers



Urban hub „bentobox“ fosters more sustainable urban freight delivery in Berlin



Introducing fuel cell-hybrid buses in the Rhineland



Exhaust-gas after treatment