En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity up­dat­ing the na­tional Air Qual­ity Plan

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity said yes­ter­day that it is up­dat­ing the Air Qual­ity Plan to­gether with Trans­port Malta.

The Plan con­sists of mea­sures mostly tar­get­ing pol­lu­tion from road trans­port.

“The Euro­pean En­vi­ron­ment Agency states that 70% of the pol­lu­tants and 40% of the green­house gas emis­sions from Euro­pean road trans­port arises due to ur­ban trans­port. How­ever, the agency also says that while hu­man ac­tiv­ity is the main cause of poor air qual­ity, nat­u­ral sources of air pol­lu­tion also play a role. ERA has de­ter­mined that the most com­mon nat­u­ral sources of par­tic­u­late mat­ter with a di­am­e­ter of 10 mi­crons (PM10) in Malta are desert dust and salt from sea spray.

The AQP will not be tar­get­ing the nat­u­ral sources of par­tic­u­late mat­ter, but has been specif­i­cally de­signed with Trans­port Malta to ad­dress am­bi­ent con­cen­tra­tions of PM10 (par­ti­cles) and ni­tro­gen diox­ide (NOx) gen­er­ated by traf­fic,” the ERA said.

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