The main objective of the project is to provide to the National Authorities of Southern European countries the appropriate measures to reduce PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations in air. In Southern Europe a great deal of improvement with respect to mitigation strategies can be made. The combination of diverse emission sources (dust intrusions) with the complex climatology (strong radiation, high photochemical conversion rates, low rainfall rate) significantly enhance the particle levels in South European and Mediterranean countries.
The project has the following objectives:
- Determine the source contribution of the emission sources and identify those that are responsible for the PM limit values exceedances.
- Quantitatively evaluate the effect of air quality mitigation measures already used and will be used by national authorities
- Develop and propose effective air mitigation measures for South European countries
- Allow the adaptation of control strategies capable of reducing exposure levels in South European countries
- Assist National and Regional authorities to implement the “Thematic strategy on Air Pollution” and to formulate air quality action plans in the framework of Directive 2008/50/EC
- Support effective policy making by the use of a communication strategy plan.
- Act as a catalyst for the allocation of local, national funds to the implementation of air mitigation strategies
The project expects to achieve a reduction of PM10 and PM2.5 levels, by applying effective air mitigation strategies appropriate for Southern Europe. The mitigation strategies developed will be appropriate for Southern Europe but they could also be adapted by other regions in Europe that can not meet the EU limit values concerning PM concentration levels.