Exposure to particulate matter

In 2015, the population weighted average concentration of particulate matter in Belgium was 13.5 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced to 10. This objective will not be reached by continuing the trend since 2000. Exposure to particulate matter is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Exposure to particulate matter - Belgium - trend assessment

micrograms PM2.5 per cubic metre, population weighted average

 2000200520102015202020252030
observations14.515.017.713.5------
trend and extrapolation (observations until 2014)14.216.417.416.115.114.614.3
objective 203010.010.010.010.010.010.010.0

trend and extrapolation take into account observations until 2014

Eurostat (2018), Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter [sdg_11_50], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 29/09/2018); calculations FPB.

Exposure to particulate matter - Belgium and international comparison

micrograms PM2.5 per cubic metre, population weighted average

 200020052010201120122013201420152015//20002015//2010
Belgium14.515.017.717.716.117.014.413.5-0.5-5.3
EU2814.415.618.118.316.615.515.114.50.0-4.3
//: Average Growth Rates

Eurostat (2018), Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter [sdg_11_50], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 29/09/2018).

UN target: 11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 11.6.2 - Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted).

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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