2019 saw air quality remain high on the public and political agendas. The UK Government launched its new Air Quality Strategy, tackling a broad range of sources including traffic, wood burning and agriculture. Increasing numbers of countries and cities made long-term commitments to phasing out petrol and diesel cars, increasing the focus on non-exhaust vehicle emissions, as well as current real-world exhaust emissions. As evidence of the health impacts of air pollution increase, cities are investigating and introducing new measures to meet EU Limit Values and protect their citizens. The demonstrators who are taking to the streets and demanding urgent action to tackle our climate crisis are also demanding clean air.
Building on the success of this long-running annual event, the 2019 conference presented an update on a range of relevant topics. The presenters included invited internationally recognised experts, together with a range of contributed talks and posters, providing a broad and up-to-date survey of the measurement, regulatory and scientific issues affecting air quality.
The conference was again held in collaboration with Defra’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), with sessions based on the group’s recently-published reports, including those on non-exhaust particle emissions and assessing the effectiveness of interventions intended to improve air quality. Presentations were made on topics that AQEG are currently scoping, including developments in vehicle exhaust emissions and non-methane volatile organic compounds. There was also be a session devoted to recent advances in airborne particle measurements, linked to the European AEROMET project.
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.