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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-854
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-854

  20 Oct 2021

20 Oct 2021

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

Joel Kuula1, Hilkka Timonen1, Jarkko V. Niemi2, Hanna Manninen2, Topi Rönkkö3, Tareq Hussein4, Pak Lung Fung4, Sasu Tarkoma5, Mikko Laakso6, Erkka Saukko7, Aino Ovaska4, Markku Kulmala4, Ari Karppinen1, Lasse Johansson1, and Tuukka Petäjä4 Joel Kuula et al.
  • 1Atmospheric Composition Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, 00560, Helsinki
  • 2Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY, Helsinki, 00240, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Aerosol Physics Laboratory, Physics Unit, Tampere University, Tampere, 33100, Finland
  • 4Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR/Physics), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, 00560, Finland
  • 5Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, 00560, Finland
  • 6Vaisala Oyj, Vantaa, 01670, Finland
  • 7Pegasor Oy, Tampere, 33100, Finland

Abstract. As the evidence for the adverse health effects of air pollution continues to increase, World Health Organization (WHO) recently published its latest edition of the Global Air Quality Guidelines. 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, European Union has stated its intent to revise the current Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) to resemble closer to that of the newly published WHO guidelines. 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 hierarchical observation network, 2) number of minimum sampling points and their siting criteria, and 3) new target air pollution parameters for future consideration.

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Modern and up-to-date policies and air quality management strategies are instrumental in tackling global air pollution. As the European Union is preparing to revise the Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) this manuscript initiates discussion on selected features of the directive that we believe would benefit from a reassessment. Scientific community has the most recent and deepest understanding of air pollution and thus its contribution is essential.
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