The Air Quality Assessment Report for Po Basin and Slovenia in 2020 is Online

The Air Quality Assessment Report for Po Basin and Slovenia in 2020 is available for download.

The document is the result of the work of the environmental Agencies’ Network which are partner of the LIFE Prepair projects: ARPAE Emilia-Romagna and ARPA Piemonte (coordinators of the action), ARPA Friuli Venezia Giulia, ARPA Veneto, ARPA Lombardia, ARPA VAlle d’Aosta, APPA Trento e ARSO Slovenia.

This first assessment report of action D5 provides a synthetic view on the state of air quality in the Po Valley and Slovenia for year 2020 and examines PM10, PM2.5, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, which are the pollutants whose concentration values more frequently exceed legislation thresholds.  The assessment was carried out with data fusion techniques using model output and monitoring data collected by action C1 of the PREPAIR project. Even though four data fusion modelling systems with different setup (resolution, boundary condition, meteorological data and data fusion technique) have been used, the model outputs are very similar to each other. In this report the assessment methodology, the data fusion technique and results of the most critical indicators compared to the limit values established by the 2008/50/EC Directive are shown.

Prepaired! will present its activities at the second international conference of Scuola Democratica

On june the 2nd, FLA – Fondazione Lombardia per l’Ambiente will present its experience on PrepAIRed!, the action of LIFE Prepair project dedicated to education  on air quality in schools, at the second international conference of Scuola Democratica – Reinventing School.

Air pollution is a global threat and one of the first attempts to human health. The WHO estimates that the deaths caused reach 4.2 million connected  the dropout in  non communicable diseases like stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Around 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Air pollution is indeed a major problem, and in Italy special attention is needed in the Po’ basin where orographic and meteorological conditions contribute to have higher level of several pollutant beyond the limit. A common effort among regions is then essential as well a diffuse awareness among at local community level.
Educational programs to air quality since early school became a primary driver to be triggered and support a conscious engagement of future citizens in the implementation of air quality policies.
PREPAIR is a project aimed at harmonizing, supporting and strengthening the measures established in the regional plans and within the agreement of the Po Valley on a larger scale The ultimate goal of PREPAIR is to guarantee the sustainability of results and the empowerment of regulatory agencies. .Within the PREPAIR project.
PrepAIRed! is the action aimed at designing, testing and implementing different target-oriented training courses aimed at raising awareness and strengthening knowledge in the school system (teachers and students) on the issues of air quality covered by the project.
PrepAIRed! tries to achieve its objectives through an innovative didactic approach in order to foster the concept of “air as common good”. The educational path is divided in 5 modules representing the most impactful determinants of air quality and each module is organized in 3 learning phases reflecting the I-E-A paradigm: Information Experience and Action.
The I-E-A paradigm is based on constructivism theory ( Rivoltella, 2014 ) and constructivism techniques like flipped classroom and episodes of situated learning are implemented within the didactic proposal. The educational path is supported by a composite e-learning platform to support cooperative learning and to offer dedicated virtual spaces for teachers and single classic where it’s possible to share interactive materials, homeworks communications and evaluations.

The panel will be part of the paralel session B.6.2 Curriculum of Digital Civic Education, Teaching of Civic Education and new Citizenship that will take place online from 17:45  to 20:00.

Click here, to read the agenda and register to the event .

 

 

 

French Agency for ecologic transition ADEME assesses PREPAIR’s actions in its international benchmark on domestic heating and air quality

French government’s agency for ecologic transition ADEME published a report on international policies on domestic heating and air quality titled “Chauffage domestique et qualité de l’air, benchmark international”

The document assesses various LIFE Prepair actions: such as the policies efficiency assessment, the monitoring of pollutants emissions and concentrations, the survey on citizens perception of air quality and the modeling tool RIAT+. It is downlodable from ADEME’s website in its full version in French or as a summary in english.

 

 

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Province of Trento will bring LIFE Prepair expertise to the 6th Central European Biomass Conference

LIFE Prepair project will participate to the 6th Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC), that will take place in Graz (Austria) from January 22nd to 24th 2020. CEBC is one of the main meeting on the biomass topic at an european level: a topic that is tightly linked to climate policies, but at the same time that has an important effect on the air quality.

Lavinia Laiti from Province of Trento will present LIFE Prepair experience on Biomass issue during the workshop “Clean Air” that will take place on Thursday the 23rd afternoon.

For more info visit CEBC website.

To download the complete programme click here.

The Open Journal of Air Pollution publish an article on the Survey on the perception of air quality in the Po basin

The Open Journal of Air Quality (OJAP), a scientific journal specialized in air quality, recently published a peer review article on “Citizen and air quality“, the first survey on the perception of air quality by the citizens of the entire Po basin. Authors of the article are Enrico Cancila, Irene Sabbadini and Marco Ottolenghi of Art-ER, Marco Deserti of the Emilia Romagna Region and Sara Tessitore of the Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa.

The article sets out the aims, the methodology used and the results highlighting the opportunities offered by the survey to better understand the perception of the problem of air quality by citizens and the mechanisms that lead to the formation of their opinions in this regard: all pieces of information that can contribute to improve the effectiveness of future communication and involvement activities on the subject.

Read the article.

Prepair at the Multi-country workshop on Air pollution from household heating TAIEX EIR PEER 2 PEER

On September the 2nd and 3rd the Multi-country workshop on Air pollution from household heating will take place in Tallinn, Estonia as art of the UE programme TAIEX EIR PEER 2 PEER.

The event will be an occasion of confrontation and exchange between the environmental authorities of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Croazia and their peers from more advanced member states. As a matter of fact in these countries the use of solid fuels, such as wood, in domestic heating significantly contributes to air pollution.

The experience of project Prepair will be presented by the Autonomous Province of Trento in the secondo day during the session dedicated to PM 2.5 reduction.

For more information please download the agenda.

A common strategy for the Air quality of the Po basin. Online the proceedings of the 1st Prepair Midterm conference

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Last 11th of July, the Regional governments of the Po Basin together with the Autonomous Province of Trento met in Milan hosted by Regione Lombardia, for the first Midterm conference of LIFE Prepair Project.

The conference was the occasion to present the achievements of the first two project years and to take the stock of the situation on common strategies and future perspective regarding air quality in the critical context of the Po basin.

In the presence of Wilhelmus De Wilt as a representative of the European Commission, the participants to the 1st Midterm conference – among them the regional ministers Raffaele Cattaneo of Lombardia, Paola Gazzolo of Emilia Romagna, Matteo Marnati of Piemonte – discussed what has been done so far and the future perspective taking into account the recent signature of the protocl for air quality signed by the italian regional governments and the national ministry of environment at the Clean Air Dialogue in Turin, nearly a month ago.

The morning was dedicated  to present the advancement of the actions and the achievements of Prepair project. The project activities helped making clear that reducing the emission of pollutants by 40% in the Po basin is feasable, given the fast implementation of the action already planned and the use of new advanced technologies.

Among the results it was presented the first survey on the perception of air quality for the Po Basin.

An informal Networking session took place during lunch break with the participation of some of the projects part of the Prepair Network.

The afternoon section was more oriented to the perspectives and political strategies that were discussed in a round table by the representatives of the Po basin local governments and project partners.

Go to the speakers’ slides

Go to the video summary of the day (in italian)

Go to the video interviews (in italian)

Go to the gallery

 

 

Prepair in Brussels for the European Sustainable Energy Week

Every year, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for SMEs) organizes the EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK # #EUSEW2019 the largest event dedicated to renewable energy and efficient energy use in Europe.

The 14th edition will take place from 17 to 21 June 2019. This year’s theme is “Shaping Europe’s energy future – shaping Europe’s energyfuture”, which will cover a series of activities with a scope at EU level.

On 19 June, from 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm, at the Residence Palace, the Prepair Project will also be presented, within the Energy Talks.

The Autonomous Province of Trento, as responsible for coordinating the thematic pillar “energy efficiency”, will present the results achieved so far and the future prospects offered by Prepair.