Saturday saw the official launch of “CurieuzenAir”, the largest ever air quality study of Belgium’s capital.
The data collected will provide more reliable information for politicians to combat atmospheric pollutionexplained the project initiators.
The project is a collaboration between several universities, NGOs, public organisations and media partners which aims to measure the city’s pollution. Initiators of the study said, “This is the largest science project on air quality ever carried out in Brussels.”
2. How it works
Throughout the project data will be collected from 3,000 sites around the Brussels Region via volunteer participants from companies, schools, and individual private citizens. The public can get involved and sign up to participate via the website until June 13th, and volunteers will receive a pollution measuring kit. The data measuring itself will last four weeks and begin from the end of September.
3. The aim of the project
The project initiators explained that, “The data collected will provide more reliable information for politicians to combat atmospheric pollution and Brussels Environment [government office] can use it to optimise models relating to air quality.” Speaking about the project, Brussels health and environment minister, Alain Maron said he was, “delighted that so many Brussels residents will have the opportunity to take air quality measurements. The data from CurieuzenAir will provide detailed information on air quality throughout Brussels, but also on its effects on health. It will help us to develop a scientifically-based policy to reduce air pollution and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in Brussels or who visit the capital.”