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The different aspects of air protection in Warsaw

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The different aspects of air protection in Warsaw. Fot. PZ Studio
The different aspects of air protection in Warsaw. Fot. PZ Studio

The Warsaw University of Technology is to provide city residents with the Warsaw Air Quality Index. It will make it possible to track air quality on an ongoing basis. In addition to such informational and interventional measures, educational activities are also being undertaken.

We have highlighted on numerous occasions that the present air quality monitoring system being operated by the Voivodeship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection is not sufficient. Therefore, jointly with the Warsaw University of Technology, we have taken up the challenge of creating a local diagnostics system,” said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, at a press conference. “I hope that soon we will be able to make available to city residents the results of monitoring conducted under the Warsaw Air Quality Index.”

The Warsaw Air Quality Index (WIP) is to be established, capitalising on our experience and the long-standing research conducted by the Warsaw University of Technology. A framework agreement on this matter was concluded on 11 March 2016.

The Warsaw Air Quality Index will be a system which evaluates and forecasts air pollution levels, supporting air quality management in the capital.
For 12 years now the Warsaw University of Technology has been conducting in the capital research into air quality and the impact of pollution on the environment and residents’ health. The results of this research have made it possible to develop unique techniques used to analyse and synthesise the results of the measurements of substance concentrations in the air.

The agreement on the development and implementation of WIP, signed on 21 December 2016, was the result of an understanding between the City and the University. By providing residents with information in a clear and legible way, the Warsaw Air Quality Index will facilitate the raising of awareness in respect of air quality and pollution. It will also make it possible to identify excessive concentration levels, critical to the city, based on real-time data from the Voivodeship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection measurement system, and to form a basis for the extension of the Warsaw system with a network of points measuring substance concentrations in the air. WIP will also serve as a tool supporting the authorities of the City of Warsaw in making decisions concerning interventions, such as the deployment of spraying lorries and providing free public transport.

Before the launch of WIP, the website of the City of Warsaw (www.um.warszawa.pl) will have featured a banner giving information on the present state of the air in the capital. The data presented will be collected by measuring stations of the Voivodeship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection.