Quality Spanish air improving.
Published: Saturday 8 August 2015 15:17
Last updated: Saturday 8 August 2015 15:23
Madrid – Recently the Spanish Ministry of agriculture and environment (MAGRAMA) and the Spanish Council for scientific research (CSIC) announced that air quality has improved in recent years in Spain.
Last month there was a Conference on International University of the UIMP scientific methods to improve air quality. All studies show that there is a positive trend, says Craig Yanguas on behalf of the Ministry, but there is still a long way to go.
The good news-website Buenas Noticias reported that thanks to improved technology the emissions from the energy sector now is less harmful to the ozone layer than several years ago. Also the mandated filters in diesel vehicles contributed their bit already.
Yanguas calculates that if the ultimate goals of the program ‘ clean air for Europe “of the European Commission can be achieved in 2020, 40,000 million euros annually can be saved. Therefore, the Government should adjust its goals remain with the environmental improvement on each plane support. Not only new developments in technological and scientific area are important. Scientists also need to cooperate more with social and environmental organisations.
Lora-Tamayo of the Scientific Research Council CSIC emphasizes that air pollution is caused by fossil fuels, one of the world’s leading causes of death. The good news is that in Spain between 2005 and 2013 the number of regions that exceed the European standard, has been pushed back by 47 to 3. In 2005, the allowed concentration of particulate matter 40 µ g/m³, in 2010 20 µ g/m³.
Long way to go
World Health Organization (WHO), however, has much more stringent standards. According to WHO 98% of the population still gets contaminated and unhealthy through air . The Spanish air quality still needs to be improved considerably, to meet the standards of WHO.
The problem is concentrated in the cities, where the number of polluting vehicles is still growing. With the help of new technology this will be more economical and cleaner. Also promoting public transport can reduce harmful emissions.