Ambitious drive launched to reduce air pollution in Abu Dhabi

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NILU has signed a contract with The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) to conduct an air quality monitoring and management study for the United Arabic Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has launched an ambitious drive with the help of experts from NILU to clean its air environment by reducing pollution, which officials associate with the spread of heart and respiratory diseases.
The first stage of the four phase project includes the gathering of needed data on pollution levels and its sources, including vehicles, factories, improper waste disposal, chemical plants and other industrial projects. This agreement is within the framework of Erwda’s efforts to preserve the environment and keep abreast with the development strategy being implemented in the emirate in a bid to prevent negative environmental and health effects.
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.

Ambitious drive launched to reduce air pollution in Abu Dhabi
The third stage includes the creation of an integrated network to regularly monitor air pollution levels while the fourth phase envisages continuous management of pollution and its sources, upgrading the monitoring programme and improving air quality. NILU has previously been assigned by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to plan a comprehensive programme to target air pollution at the ADNOC oil and gas facilities in Abu Dhabi. (SEE ADNOC review).

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).

Ambitious drive launched to reduce air pollution in Abu Dhabi

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