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

Joel Kuula, Hilkka Timonen, Jarkko V. Niemi, Hanna E. Manninen, Topi Rönkkö, Tareq Hussein, Pak Lun Fung, Sasu Tarkoma, Mikko Laakso, Erkka Saukko, Aino Ovaska, Markku Kulmala, Ari Karppinen, Lasse Johansson, Tuukka Petäjä

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Abstract

As evidence of adverse health effects due to air pollution continues to increase, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published its latest edition of the global air quality guidelines (World Health Organization, 2021). 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, the European Union has stated its intent to revise the current ambient air quality directive (2008/50/EC) to more closely resemble the newly published WHO guidelines (European Commission, 2020). 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 a hierarchical observation network, (2) the number of minimum sampling points and their siting criteria, and (3) new target air pollution parameters for future consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4801-4808
Number of pages8
JournalAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022
Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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