NEWS: Environmental Science and Policy - Special Issue
Multidisciplinary research findings in support to the EU air quality policy: experiences from the APPRAISAL, SEFIRA and ACCENT-Plus EU FP7 projects
Volume 65, Pages 1-74 (November 2016)
Integrated assessment for regional and local air quality policies
Exceedances of ambient air quality limit values in urban areas in Europe remain widespread, particularly for PM, NOX and O3. This is not simply a compliance issue but has significant implications for the health and well being of European citizens. In responding to such concerns, many regions have designed air quality plans and developed integrated methodologies to assess their impacts.
With the revision of the EU air quality policy, it is vital to consolidate and assess the results of work undertaken in the field of Integrated Assessment for Air Quality and Health Impacts, and make them accessible to policy makers.
APPRAISAL focuses on answering the following questions:
- What approaches are currently used to design and assess regional/local air quality plans ?
- What are their strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the future research needs to improve these approaches?