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New maps pinpoint air pollution from diffuse sources

New maps pinpoint air pollution from diffuse sources© E-PRTR Website

New maps pinpoint air pollution from diffuse sources


New online maps, released on 26 May, allow Europeans for the first time to pinpoint the sources of air pollution. The set of 32 maps, published by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA), was developed in close cooperation with the JRC. The maps show the concentration of certain pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in relation to the diffuse sources.

The JRC has contributed to the development of the maps through its Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), which provides trends in anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants globally on a scale of about 10 km by 10 km. While air quality data are publicly available from both national and European data providers, these data do not provide information concerning the various sources of pollution. The new maps provide information on emissions from road transport, shipping and aviation, heating of buildings, agriculture and small businesses.

They include details of nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulphur oxides (SOX), carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3) and particulate matter (PM10). Such a detailed overview is to raise awareness about local releases of air pollutants, and allow citizens to zoom in on their own neighbourhood.


Click here to see the maps