Routes to Clean Air is a two day conference where academics, professionals and policy makers will be able to share their experiences of improving traffic emissions. This event is part of the Bristol European Green Capital 2015 programme of events.
A number of international speakers will be talking at Routes to Clean Air, highlighting the importance of public communication and behavioural change surrounding road transport and air quality issues.
Claire Holman and Xavier Querol from AIRUSE Project participated on the conference:
Do LEZs improve urban air quality? The evidence from five EU countries concludes that there have been mixed results. LEZs in Germany, which restrict passenger cars as well as heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), appear to have successfully reduced long-term average PM10 and NO2 concentrations by a few percent. Elsewhere, where only HDVs have been restricted, the picture is much less clear due to confounding effects.
- Xavier Querol – Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (ID/EA) – Airuse Mitigation in Southern Europe
Major results obtained from the AIRUSE LIFE+ (LIFE11 ENV/ES/584, www.airuse.eu) on urban air quality will be presented. This deals with improving air quality in urban areas from Southern Europe by obtaining detailed PM source apportionment data and, accordingly, suggesting air quality measures based. Once the main source contributions to ambient levels of PM10 and PM2.5 are obtained, the strategic goal of the AIRUSE project is to develop, test and propose specific and non-specific measures to abate urban ambient air PMx, targeted to meet air quality standards and to approach as much as possible the WHO guidelines. A review of results covering the evaluation of (i) the effectiveness of major road traffic measures in Europe, (ii) the effectiveness of road dust suppressants, (iii) the features of biomass burning emissions and the needs for actions to abate them, and (iv) the natural contributions to PM and possible ways to decrease exposure, will be show.