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Abu Dhabi Unveils Comprehensive Air Quality Initiative to Address “Primary Environmental Challenge”

Cutting-Edge System for Pollution Hotspots: Abu Dhabi launches an innovative air quality improvement plan, developed by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, with a focus on identifying pollution hotspots and mitigating the environmental impact of urban development.

Strategic Approach to Cleaner Air

Reducing Exposure and Supporting Policies: The cutting-edge air-quality system aims to minimize exposure to pollution and provide cleaner air throughout the capital. Developed by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, the system supports environmental regulation policies by assessing the expected impact of urban development projects.

Key Features of the Plan: Air Quality

Annual Air Quality Maps: The plan includes the release of detailed emirate-wide air-quality maps each year, aiding in the identification of areas with higher pollution levels. The collected data will be shared with the public through air-quality forecasts.

Urgent Focus on Air Pollution

Health as a Priority: Faisal Al Hammadi, Executive Director of the agency’s Environmental Quality Sector, underscores the urgency of addressing air pollution, citing it as the biggest environmental threat to human health.

Bespoke Air Quality Modelling System

Evidence-Based Tools: The newly developed Air Quality Modelling System provides evidence-based tools for effective air quality management, compliance assessment, and decision-making during environmental emergencies.

Contributing Factors to Poor Air Quality

Addressing Industry and Traffic Impact: Factors such as heavy industry, traffic congestion, and weather conditions like sand and dust storms contribute to poor air quality. The initiative aligns with global efforts to combat air pollution’s adverse effects on public health.

Existing Air Monitoring Network

Monitoring 14 Pollutants: Abu Dhabi already has a network of 22 air monitors, both fixed and mobile, tracking 14 pollutants to assess air quality. Key pollutants of concern include particulate matter, ground ozone, and hydrogen sulfide.

Global Awareness and Sustainability Commitment

Proactive Approach to Global Sustainability: Abu Dhabi’s proactive approach to air quality management reflects a growing global awareness of the impact of air pollution on public health. The emirate’s commitment positions it as a contributor to global sustainability efforts.

Continued Efforts for Public Health

Study on Air Quality and Longevity: In collaboration with the Pure Health group, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is conducting a study on how air quality affects longevity and overall well-being, aligning with international efforts to address the health impacts of air pollution.

Global Comparison on PM2.5 Exposure

Below-Average Exposure: Internationally, the UAE exhibits a slightly below-average exposure to PM2.5, a key particulate matter causing air pollution, positioning the country as a proactive contributor to global sustainability efforts.

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