An international consortium led by Ricardo Energy & Environment has been selected for a major European Commission air quality framework agreement worth around four million euros.
The four-year framework, for the Environment Directorate-General, will provide the commission with specialist support to help evaluate, implement and further develop Europe’s air quality policies.
Although Europe has improved its air quality in recent decades and emissions of many pollutants have been curbed successfully, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone pollution in particular continue to pose serious risks to the health of Europeans.
The work carried out under the framework will analyse air quality management options at local, national and European levels including assessments of the costs and benefits.
“We’re very pleased that our consortium has won a place on this framework,” said Ricardo Energy & Environment’s air and environmental quality practice director Dr Geoff Dollard. “The consortium includes European partners with relevant and wide-ranging expertise. We look forward to helping improve air quality for citizens across the continent.”
Partners in the Ricardo Energy & Environment-led consortium are: Aether, AMEC, Cambridge Econometrics, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Regional Environmental Center and Technical University of Madrid.