Air quality monitoring part of integrated planning in Liepaja
Detailed description of the Good Practice
For years, the city of Liepaja was lacking data about the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in the city centre. One monitoring station was not enough for building the picture on how traffic influences air quality.
During the SUTP process, the city decided to do a pilot action in air quality monitoring and assessment and feed the information into the new plans. Samples were collected from five different places in the hearth of the city centre. It also included modelling the measures with the traffic flows during the summer months. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) dispersion was also monitored.
“Air quality management is particularly crucial in cities like Liepaja with irregular location of industrial, green and residential areas for securing sustainable development.”
“It is very important to prepare this kind of process well in advance -- and then take it to the general public and politicians for further decision-making ”, Liepniece concludes.
- integrated planning
- Pilot action
- air quality
Objectives of the Good Practice
The pilot action included results, modelling and proposals for the city administration, pointing out where the hot spots are. In the implementation of SUTP, actions should be targeted to these particular areas.
“We wanted to take this particular topic into account in planning streets and areas with cleaner air with the measures we already used”, says Dace Liepniece, Head of Environmental Department.
Presenting the result to the media increases the understanding of the direct health impact of traffic and makes it easier to implement unpopular traffic measures
More Details of the Good Practice
Head of Enviromental Department
Data sources and references
"Moving sustainably- guide to sustainable urban plans"