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Radio-electric Governance - Radio-electric Governance: environment and electronic communication polcies for deployment of radiocom infrastructures

LIFE09 ENV/ES/000505


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Xavier FLORES ROMERO
Tel: +34 93 557 41 36
Fax: +34 93 557 40 25
Email: xavier.flores@gencat.cat



Project description:

Background

The EU considers that exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) presents a risk to public health. In 1999, it produced a recommendation (1999/519/EC) providing a common framework for achieving a high level of public protection from the possible harmful effects of exposure to EMF, in particular non-ionising radiation.

Non-ionising radiation is any type of radiation that moves electrons to a higher energy state when passing through matter without completely removing an electron from an atom or molecule to produce charged ions. Different biological effects have been observed and there are varying opinions on the possible effects on human health.

Local councils generally do not have sufficient information to adequately assess the risks, and thus develop effective policies to protect citizens against the effects of electromagnetic ‘pollution’. In some cases, this has led to the paralysis of processes to grant licences for electromagnetic emitters such as mobile telephone stations. The public has also been left uncertain about the potential dangers of radio frequency installations in their areas.


Objectives

The main objective of the Radio-electric Governance project is to increase information and understanding of EMF generated by radio communication stations.

The project will draw up an inventory of radio communication infrastructure across the Catalan region with equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) over 10 watts. EIRP is the amount of power that a theoretical isotropic antenna which distributes power evenly in all directions would emit.

It will monitor and evaluate the continuous and occasional EMF generated by this infrastructure, thus providing much greater clarity for both local authorities and the general public about their strength and impact on health.

The project will develop protocols for action where an installation does not comply with current regulations. The work of the project will also inform appropriate amendments, where appropriate, to these Catalan regulations.

The beneficiary will develop a Plan of Environmental Distribution of Radio Communication Infrastructures in rural areas to facilitate their ordered deployment. This should improve access to wireless communications, whilst guaranteeing the protection of human health and the environment and allaying public concerns.

Expected results:

  • An inventory of EMF emitting infrastructures in Catalonia;
  • Protocols for action for non-compliant emitting infrastructure;
  • Plan of Environmental Distribution of Radio Communication Infrastructures in rural areas in Catalonia;
  • Reduced public concern about EMF.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Risk management - Human health protection


Keywords

telecommunications‚  public health‚  monitoring‚  environmental assessment


Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Centre de Telecomunicacions i de Tecnologies de la Informació (CTTI) de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Type of organisation Public enterprise
Description The Centre de Telecomunicacions I Tecnologies de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CTTI) is a public body established by the Catalan Government to oversee the region’s electronic communications infrastructure.
Partners Direcció General de Qualitat Ambiental, Spain

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Project reference LIFE09 ENV/ES/000505
Duration 01-SEP-2010 to 30-SEP -2015
Total budget 2,681,322.00 €
EU contribution 1,167,423.00 €
Project location Cataluña(España)

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