Exposure to particulate matter

In 2014, the population weighted average concentration of particulate matter in Belgium was 14.2 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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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)