NRC on Air quality

Profile 2018 - 2020


The air quality NRC will underpin the reporting by the EEA member countries of air quality data in relation to the Ambient Air Quality Directives 2008/50/EC, 2004/107/EC and the Implementing Decision 2011/805/EU. The NRC will support the further development of air quality and air pollution assessments and indicators and the identification of challenges and solutions in implementing the related legislation.


  • Policy effectiveness
  • Understanding of modelling techniques
  • Assessment of air quality status and trends
  • Air quality monitoring networks

Impacts of air pollution (health, ecosystems, economics)

    Policy processes to be supported

    • Implementation of the air quality Directives (see below)
    • Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution
    • National Emissions Ceilings Directive
    • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)
    • LRTAP Convention

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    Review of and comment on EEA products:

    • Annual air quality status and key trends EEA report
    • Air pollution reports analysing trends, reasons, interactions between various environmental areas, impacts and effectiveness of policies
    • Relevant building blocks for EEA indicator- based reports and for SOER report
    • Air quality core set indicators
    • Air pollution country factsheets

    Data delivery:

    • (E1a) Information on primary validated assessment data
    • (E2a) Information on primary up-to-date assessment data

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • European Commission: DG ENV, DG JRC, DG Eurostat
    • European Union Ambient Air Quality Committee and expert group
    • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)
    • Network of national reference laboratories on harmonisation of quality control/quality assurance of air quality monitoring: AQUILA including where relevant activities of CEN and ISO Air Quality standards groups
    • Forum for Air Quality Modelling in Europe ( FAIRMODE)
    • UN ECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) Task Force on Measurements and Modelling
    • CLRTAP Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution
    • CLRTAP Coordination Centre for Effects
    • World Health Organisation (WHO)
    • Environmental NGOs