According to the latest study about environmentally unfriendly cars in the European Union and the damage they cause to the environment, Croats are among the Top 5 environmentally unfriendly drivers in the European Union.
The British organization Eco Experts, which is engaged in the energy efficiency, published the list in mid-February, which had been made upon data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (EAMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
While compiling the list, Eco Experts took into account the average age of the car, the number of vehicles per thousand inhabitants, the percentage of vehicles that use alternative fuels as well as general air pollution.
The most ‘’toxic’’ drivers in the EU are the Czechs with the sixth lowest percentage of vehicles that use alternative fuels (0,7%) and the sixth oldest cars (14,5 years). It is not surprising that air in the Czech Republic is the third when it comes to air pollution on the Old Continent. The Czech Republic is followed by Poland, Estonia, Croatia and Slovakia.
By the number of vehicles per thousand inhabitants, Croatia placed as the 25th with 392 vehicles, followed by Latvia, Hungary and Romania. The average age of cars in Croatia is 14,1 years placing the country at the top of the EU list of old and environmentally unfriendly cars.
On the other hand, Sweden has the cleanest traffic and the least air pollution. Other Scandinavian countries and Ireland follow the country.
In the last year’s report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) pointed out that air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths in Europe annually, however, this number is shrinking.
The agency also added that around 90 percent of European cities are exposed to air pollutants in concentrations that are considered harmful to health.