What is Joaquin ?
JONATHAN, aged 44
Joaquin (Joint Air Quality Initiative) is a new EU cooperation project supported by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme (www.nweurope.eu). The objective of this project is to support health policy focused on air quality in Europe. Jonathan (44) had no idea that the current air quality had such a serious effect on our health until he heard about Joaquin. With two children at home, he is concerned for their health and the quality of our air.
What is Joaquin?
Joaquin (Joint Air Quality Initiative) is a new EU cooperation project supported by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme (www.nweurope.eu). The objective of this project is to support health policy aimed specifically at the air quality in Europe. To achieve this, the project will provide policymakers with the necessary proof in respect of the current local and/or regional situation. The Joaquin project will, for example, carry out measurements for promptly detecting imminent health threats. Joaquin will also be efficiently advising the policymakers and motivating them to amend and improve current policy regarding air quality.
In the context of ‘measurement’, the Joaquin project will be measuring new parameters relevant to health: ultrafine particulates (the number of particles and the active surface), black carbon (soot) PM10 and the composition of the collected PM10.
These measurements will be carried out at an international level (North West Europe), as this region suffers badly from air pollution and because the spread of pollutants can also be an international phenomenon.
Moreover, this international collaboration brings together a lot of knowledge. The 13 partners combined know much more than each partner separately. For parameters which are difficult to measure, such as ultrafine particles and soot, this partnership has extra value because it allows us to gain experience with our monitoring networks. This way, we will be able to measure data relevant to our health much better and faster.
The chemical and toxicological analysis of the PM10 fraction helps to estimate. The health impact of air pollution better
One of the project objectives is also to generate proof of the health impact of these parameters. A chemical and toxological analysis will therefore be made of the PM10 fraction to determine the relationship between health effects and pollution sources.
In the second stage, knowledge and experience is gained by implementing policy measures in the different regions. These measures, along with the many measures that have already been taken, will be evaluated as well. An efficient tool will be developed, a decision matrix of possible measures, which all policymakers, from a local to a European level, can use for combating air pollution.
Central in the third stage is communication regarding air quality, towards not only experts and policymakers but also risk groups and the public at large. Good information on the health effects of air pollution will lead to broad social support for policy measures. A warning service will be made available by sms, for example, a Smartphone application will be developed and a project will be started up in schools.
Why is Europe investing in Joaquin?
What is being done in Europe?
Both in Europe and its member states a lot is done to improve air quality.
Measurements and measures in Europe
Measurements and measures carried out by Joaquin partners in the United Kingdom (available soon)
Measurements and measures carried out by Joaquin partners in Belgium - only available in Dutch and French -
Measurements and measures carried out by Joaquin partners in the Netherlands -only available in Dutch -
Measurements and measures carried out by Joaquin partners in France -only avaible in French soon -