Exposure to particulate matter

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Exposure to particulate matter - Belgium

micrograms PM2.5 per cubic metre, population weighted average

 20002005201020142015202020252030
observations14.515.017.714.2--------
trend and extrapolation14.216.417.416.416.115.114.614.3
objective 203010.010.010.010.010.010.010.010.0

Eurostat (2017), Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter [tsdph370], http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 26/10/2017); calculations FPB.

Exposure to particulate matter

micrograms PM2.5 per cubic metre, population weighted average

 20002005201020112012201320142014//20002014//2009
Belgium14.515.017.717.716.116.814.2-0.1-5.6
EU-2814.415.518.018.416.815.915.20.4-2.7
//: average growth rates

Eurostat (2017), Urban population exposure to air pollution by particulate matter [tsdph370], http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 26/10/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Exposure to particulate matter, micrograms PM2.5 per cubic metre, population weighted average

Definition: population weighted annual mean concentration of particulate matter at urban background stations in agglomerations. In this indicator, fine particulates are those whose diameters are less than 2.5 micrometres (PM2.5).

Objective: the WHO 2005 guidelines proposes a maximum level of 10 µg/m³ for annual average concentration of PM2.5.

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

UNSTAT Indicator 11.6.2: Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted)