Better air quality for the people of Cyprus

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The Minister of Labour and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus, Antonis Vasiliou, today opened a comprehensive system for air quality management in Cyprus. The system, developed by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), gives the Cyprian authorities an advanced tool for the monitoring, assessment and management of air pollution in Cyprus.
Like most nations, Cyprus has challenges regarding air pollution. Safe levels of ozone and particles are exceeded every year and on occasions sandstorms from Africa sweep the country. These situations represent a severe health hazard to people with respiratory problems.
 
The air quality system helps the Cyprian authorities (the Department of Labour Inspection (DLI)/ the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance), to imply the most effective abatement measures in order to reduce the threat of air pollution and to improve the general air quality in Cyprus.
Better air quality for the people of Cyprus
An important part of the system is the information channels consisting of large panels strategically situated in central places outdoors and indoors. And also the specifically designed webpage: www.airquality.gov.cy. Thus letting the authorities inform the public in advance of predicted high levels of pollution.
 
A network of nine advanced monitoring stations record data on an hourly basis. The data is automatically fed to the panels and the new national web site for air quality monitoring in Cyprus: www.airquality.gov.cy.

The solution has been tailor made for Greek authorities by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) in cooperation with Medisell Co Ltd (Cyprus).
 
Department of Labour Inspection (DLI) (a department in the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance),
 
The brick wall of the system is based on the NILU developed system for air quality management: AirQUIS. AirQUIS complies with EU reporting and data dissemination requirements. The statistical module offers tools for evaluating, validating and displaying measurement data. The reporting module has tools for extracting and formatting data for reporting to the EU Commission and EMEP.

Better air quality for the people of Cyprus
The reporting and data dissemination modules build on years of cooperation between The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT), The Norwegian Public Roads Administration and NILU. Together we developed the Norwegian national web portal for air quality (www.Luftkvalitet.info).
 
NILU`s expertise in dealing with air pollution is being put to use all over the world. Many of the tasks are related to urban and residential air pollution. Emission from industrial sources, energy and traffic cause serious health hazards for millions of people. The World Health Organization estimates that ambient and indoor air quality is among the five leading factors associated with impaired health worldwide.

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