Tackling Tomorrow’s Air Pollution Today – a solution oriented approach

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Save the date: Tackling Tomorrow’s Air Pollution Today – a solution oriented approach

The University of Leicester organises the midterm conference for Joaquin on the 21st and 22nd of May 2014 in Leicester (UK). This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to discover and discuss Joaquin's work to date, while also offering the possibility to contribute to the development of the next generation of air quality policies. Please click "read more" for the full conference invitation.

More information on the project & the conference, and registration forms will be provided soon, or can be obtained via joaquin@vmm.be


Leicester (United Kingdom), 21-22 May 2014

 

Joaquin (Joint Air Quality Initiative, www.joaquin.eu) is an EU cooperation project supported by the INTERREG IV-B Northwest-Europe programme (www.nweurope.eu). The aim of the project is to support health-oriented air quality policies in Europe. To achieve this, the project will provide policy makers with the necessary evidence on the current local and/or regional situation (e.g. measurements of emerging health relevant parameters), provide them with best-practice measures that can be taken and motivate them to adapt and strengthen their current air quality policies.

 

This conference, organised by the University of Leicester, features as the mid-way point of the project and its Belgian, British, Dutch and French partners. At this moment all project actions are past the initial stages and steadily progressing, resulting in the first deliverables and results becoming available. This offers a unique opportunity to discover and discuss Joaquin’s work to date with you as a stakeholder, scientist or local, regional or national policy maker. At the same time, it offers the possibility to contribute to the development of the next generation of air quality policies. The programme of the conference will include contributions of EU level professionals.

 

More information on the project & the conference, and registration forms will be provided soon, or can be obtained via joaquin@vmm.be

 



 

BACKGROUND

 

Recent research shows that other pollutants (such as the very small ultra-fine particles and “black carbon”) are more likely to be linked to health problems, than the current parameters of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and PM10 (particulate matter with a diameter less than 10μm). However, presently there is no sufficient knowledge nor a clear understanding on the presence of these particles, especially at local and regional level. Joaquin tries to fill this gap and has rolled out a next generation watchdog network to assess the levels of ultrafine particles, black carbon and other pollutants in 4 main cities in the NWE region.

 

Currently, the project is looking at existing relations between novel and “classic” pollutants to provide input for future recommendation on air quality monitoring. Because of this gap in knowledge, it is also presently unclear to what extent the abatement measures that are currently being implemented – although clearly contributing to an improvement of the overall air quality –will have the expected impact on public health. Joaquin has assessed the implementation of certain measures in the participating cities (e.g. LEZ in Amsterdam and Antwerp) en will continue to do so in other cities. Through modelling we are providing a support base for both local and regional measures. This allows us to develop a decision supporting tool for policy makers and stakeholders to assist in the search for effective measures.

www.joaquin.eu 15-01-2014

http://www.joaquin.eu/news/page.aspx/98?xd_itemId=72&xd_catId=1

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