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Air quality in Europe: a closer look at the impact of COVID19 lock-down and the related travel restrictions on NO2 and particles emissions


21 Sep 2020 09:15





Event Description

Since mid-March, the European Union experienced an unprecedented situation due to COVID-19. Across Europe, Member States have taken extraordinary measures to protect citizens by imposing strict travel restrictions. These put a major halt on economic activities, deeply affected the daily life of citizens and had a major impact on the transport of people and goods. Consequently, these measures also had a major impact on air quality across Europe.

EGVIA is organising a web-based workshop on 21st September 2020 from 9:30 to 13:00 (Brussels time) to review the data collected on air quality across Europe during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The agenda is articulated as follow:

9:30 – 9:40: Introduction and Objectives of the Workshop with Dr.-Ing. Stephan Neugebauer.

9:40 – 11:20: 5 talks and Q&A

  • Impact of Covid-19 lockdown period on air quality across Europe based on in-situ monitoring data.
    Evrim  Ozturk, European Environment Agency (TBC)
  • Analysis of changes in air quality during the lockdown period in Europe.
    Prof. Ranjeet S Sokhi, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Conclusions drawn from air quality model simulations with emphasis on meteorology and the emissions situation.
    Prof. Nicolas Moussiopoulos, Aristotle University, GR
  • What are the possible effects on air quality of future emission interventions?
    Prof. Peter Sturm, Graz University of Technology, AT
  • The role of air pollution in the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Dr. Miriam Gerlofs-Nijland, RIVM, NL 

11:20 – 11:30: break

11:30 – 13:00: Panel discussion with all speakers and the contribution of Mrs Gladys Moreac-Njeim from Renault.

Interested? Join us next 21 September from 9:30 to learn of the possible need to revise methods used to evaluate air quality in cities, the possible effect of the COVID-19 lockdown learnings on future air quality and new emission standards as well as the needs for the further research activities on this scientific topic.



Lucie Beaumel