NILU supports South African implementation of air quality management
In the process of developing a Draft AQM manual, NILU has together with ZES reviewed current South African initiatives in the field. The review process included the establishment of a project reference group, consisting of Air Quality Officers from all provinces of South Africa as well as representatives from municipalities already operating AQMP initiatives. The reference group formed cooperative partnerships and networks for the exchange of information.
The manual was based on the information collected during the reference group meetings and on a National Framework Report (NFR) which was prepared parallel to the implementation manual. The NFR provides the foundation for future frameworks and describes the technical norms and standards which are being developed in the different projects now in progress.
This type of planning will ensure that significant sources of impacts are identified and controlled in the most cost-effective manner. The ultimate objective is to assure that health effects and impacts on building materials and the environment will be minimized in the future.
The development of an AQMP takes account of the following:
- Air Quality Management System (AQMS) requirements
- Operational and functional structure requirements
- Source identification through emission inventories
- Source reduction alternatives, which may be implemented
- Mechanisms for facilitating interdepartmental cooperation in order to assure that actions are being taken
- Institutional building and training