Ambitious drive launched to reduce air pollution in Abu Dhabi
The emphasis of the project is on air pollution which affects human health and the surrounding environment and habitats as it has been proved it is directly linked to the spread of heart and respiratory problems, mainly asthma, asphyxia, chest infection and other maladies.
The plan runs parallel to an ongoing campaign ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to protect the environment by expanding green areas, ensuring proper waste management and setting up more wildlife reserves. According to ERWDA, the second phase of the agreement with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research involves field studies on the sources of pollution and contamination.
The comprehensive air quality monitoring and management system deliverables will include air quality, meteorology and oceanographic stations, which will generate data for air quality models, and oceanography data for oil spills simulation models.
An emissions monitoring system will continuously measure stack emissions and fugitive emissions at ADNOC group facilities Advanced monitoring systems as well as air quality models will be used to simulate emissions and predict impact on the environment from existing facilities and from new business development. A central database will be based on a geographic information system (GIS).