Local authorities should, if
necessary, monitor and assess air quality in their
area. It will enable them to set priorities for
reducing pollution and, if required, to draw up an
air quality management plan (AQMP).
At the very minimum an AQMP should
air quality standards for each
of the main pollutants of concern;
dates for meeting WHO,
EU or national standards:
proposals for reducing
Co-operation between local
authorities would reduce the cost of such monitoring
Local authorities should aim
to reduce progressively concentrations of air
pollutants until they reach WHO, EU or national
guidelines and standards.
This will require discussing
the details of the AQMP with businesses, the
public and other stakeholders, and agreeing
timetables for implementation.
As road transport is a major
source of local pollution, any local AQMP will
need to include measures for controlling and
Other priorities, depending on
local conditions, are industrial emissions and
smoking in public places.
Support from, and co-operation
with national air quality plans, will be
Local authorities should
inform the public about local concentrations of air
pollutants, possible effects on health, and the
action to take to minimise any health risks.
There are many things
which individual citizens can do to improve local air
quality and thus their quality of life, but to do so they
need to have information about pollution levels, the
adverse effects of pollution and what they can do to
improve the situation. It is important that such advice
should be the same as that provided by other local
authorities and by national governments so that confusion
Try to cool off without resorting to air conditioning.
The use of A/C can increase your electricity bill by 33 %. A fan requires one tenth of the energy used by an A/C system; sunshades, blinds, shutters and the cool of the night use no energy at all.
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