Experts to handle air quality in Abu Dhabi

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) has one of the highest per capita CO2 emission rates in the world. There is also a challenge of high impact of particulate matter throughout the Emirate, which exceeds air quality guidelines. NILU Abu Dhabi, selected as strategic partner for the Environment Agency will be responsible for the air and noise quality monitoring network in UAE. NILU will also renew and update emission limits for different sectors and pollutants and be involved in the strategy for emissions reductions of green house gases.

The oil and gas industry is the main source for the air pollution, followed by the power and transportation sectors. Sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) are the compounds causing the most concern.

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) has set out a number of goals to be achieved by 2013, one of which is to achieve a 70 per cent compliance rate with Abu Dhabi’s standards for ambient air quality.

Experts to handle air quality in Abu Dhabi

At the moment, compliance levels are at 64 per cent, says Trond Bøhler, Branch Manager at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. The institute was last year selected as EAD’s strategic partner on air issues and commissioned to monitor air quality in the emirate as well as helping EAD develop policies to rectify the situation.

NILU will also be responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of air and noise quality monitoring network currently operated by EAD. A source emissions inventory including transportation and all industrial sectors such as oil and gas, power and desalination and small and medium scale industries will be prepared. In addition NILU will make an assessment of the compliance of industries and other areas with their relevant standards and guidelines. NILU will also help in developing a strategy to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, as well as develop and determine sector specific emission limits for different sectors starting with the power and transportation sectors.

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