Updated EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook published

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The European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) and European Environment Agency (EEA) have published an updated version of the EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook following a review led by air quality experts from Ricardo Energy & Environment.

The updates were published on 30 September 2016 and can be accessed at http://www.eea.europa.eu//publications/emep-eea-gu...

According to Ricardo Energy & Environment, the EMEP/EEA guidebook provides direction on estimating emissions from both natural sources and those originating from human activity. It is reported to form the key reference point for the development of national atmospheric emissions inventories. The guide is used to develop and submit national emissions inventories by signatories to the UNECE Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution. It is also a said to be a primary resource for European Union Member States in reporting emissions inventories under the national emission ceilings directive.

The task force on emission inventories and projections (a technical group under the UNECE Convention) oversees the guidebook’s content and coordinates contributions received from different organisations.

Ricardo Energy & Environment project director Dr Mark Broomfield said: "Access to high quality air pollutant emissions data is essential to support countries to shape and define their environmental priorities, improve air quality modelling, and assess the effectiveness of policy interventions in terms of protecting human health and the environment."

The new guide is said to include a number of important advances in emissions monitoring, including changes to particulate matter (PM) emissions factors, guidance on calculating ammonia emissions from agriculture and biogas plants, and updates to off-road mobile machinery emission sources. The project was supported by a financial contribution from the European Commission.

Dr Broomfield added: “The EMEP/EEA guidebook is an important tool for making environmental improvements across Europe.”

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