European exchange of monitoring information and state of the air quality in 2006 ETC/ACC Technical Paper 2008/1

26 Jun 2008

Iulian Petchesi


Current EU air quality legislation, Council Decision (97/101/EC), requires the European Commission to prepare yearly a technical report on the meta information and air quality data flows that have been exchanged among the EU Member States and the Commission. Besides, the member and collaborating countries of the European Environment Agency, which include EU (potential) candidate countries and EFTA states, have agreed to follow this reporting procedure as well. All this information is made available in the AIRBASE database. This technical report provides an overview of the reporting cycle on the data for 2006.

In total 35 countries, including 27 EU Member States, have provided air quality data for 2006. As in preceding years, a large number of time series have been submitted for the Daughter Directive components. For example, sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO) and benzene (C6H6).
Increased submission took place on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Heavy Metals (HM's) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Nearly all the countries that updated their meta information used the Air Quality Data Exchange Module (AQ-DEM). This data transfer tool was made available specifically for this purpose by the ETC/ACC. Intensive feedback took place with the data suppliers on their submitted data.
Previous technical reports focused on the meta information and the quality of the measurement data. This technical report not only describes the meta information and the quality of the measurement data but also the state of the air quality for some selected pollutants in 2006.

Prepared by: WJA Mol, PR van Hooydonk and FAAM de Leeuw (ETC/ACC)

Published by: ETC/ACC, Bilthoven, NL, June 2008, 60 pp.

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