Environment and Resources Authority updating the national Air Quality Plan
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.