It had been ten years since the air quality daughter directives were introduced and six years since the launch of the EU Thematic Strategy on air pollution. However, many air pollution challenges remained within Europe. Across Europe pollution concentrations were not falling as fast as expected and member states were therefore experiencing difficulties with attainment of Limit and Target Values for NO2 , O3 and PM10 . It was clear that large gaps remained in our understanding of emission sources and their linkage to ambient concentrations. Meanwhile evidence of the health burden of air pollution continued to grow and increased emphasis on the reduction of green house gas emissions provided opportunities for co-benefits between climate change mitigation measures and air pollution abatement. This conference addressed some of the scientific questions as Europe prepared for the review of the Ambient Air Quality Directive in 2013.
The conference was introduced by internationally recognised experts to set the scene at the national and European level. It brought together leading scientists and policy makers, and provided a broad and up-to-date survey of the measurement, regulatory and scientific issues, including policy implications, health effects and future perspectives. The conference also provided an update on the European funded AirMonTech project to harmonize current air pollution monitoring techniques and advised on future monitoring technologies and strategy.
The conference booklet with the programme and a full set of abstracts together with selected presentations are available to view/download using the link below.