According to the EPA’s latest report on air quality in Ireland: Air Quality in Ireland 2016 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality, burrning solid fuel is the biggest threat to good air quality, followed closely by the exhaust fumes emitted by vehicles.
Following from this, the EPA launched a National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022. In launching the new programme, Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, said:
Poor air quality is a major public health issue with approximately 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland in 2014 directly attributable to air pollution, mainly due to cardiopulmonary and respiratory health impacts from particulate matter. It has become increasingly clear that there are no safe level of pollutants and with this in mind, it is time to tackle the biggest issue impacting on air quality in Ireland – emissions from solid fuels in our small towns around the country. While the EU has introduced and implemented a range of legal instruments to improve air quality, these standards are still not in line with the tighter WHO air quality guidelines. The EPA again calls for movement towards the adoption of these stricter guidelines, especially for particulates and ozone, as legal and enforceable standards across Europe and in Ireland.
- Baseline monitoring for environmental impact assessments.
- Licence compliance monitoring.
- Industrial and community complaint or nuisance assessment.
- Environmental management of construction projects.
- Contaminated site investigation or remediation monitoring.
- Commissioning of a new plant or processes.
Related Project: Ambient Air and Occupational Hygiene Monitoring