Opinion: Insights into updating Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC

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http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2022041228404 http://hdl.handle.net/10138/342705
Title: Opinion: Insights into updating Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC
Author: Kuula, Joel; Timonen, Hilkka; Niemi, Jarkko V.; Manninen, Hanna E.; Rönkkö, Topi; Hussein, Tareq; Fung, Pak Lun; Tarkoma, Sasu; Laakso, Mikko; Saukko, Erkka; Ovaska, Aino; Kulmala, Markku; Karppinen, Ari; Johansson, Lasse; Petäjä, Tuukka
Contributor organization: Ilmatieteen laitos
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Date: 2022
Language: en
Belongs to series: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
ISSN: 1680-7324
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-4801-2022
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2022041228404
Abstract: As evidence of adverse health effects due to air pollution continues to increase, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published its latest edition of the global air quality guidelines (World Health Organization, 2021). Although not legally binding, the guidelines aim to provide a framework in which policymakers can combat air pollution by formulating evidence-based air quality management strategies. In the light of this, the European Union has stated its intent to revise the current ambient air quality directive (2008/50/EC) to more closely resemble the newly published WHO guidelines (European Commission, 2020). This article provides an informed opinion on selected features of the air quality directive that we believe would benefit from a reassessment. The selected features include discussion about (1) air quality sensors as a part of a hierarchical observation network, (2) the number of minimum sampling points and their siting criteria, and (3) new target air pollution parameters for future consideration.
Subject: Air Quality Directive
air pollution
global air quality guidelines
air quality
sampling points
air pollution parameters
Rights: CC BY 4.0

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