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Development of the Hungarian air quality network (OLM)
and laboratory background project

For almost a year, since the spring of 2014, manual measuring devices and laboratory measurement instruments purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2014 from HUF 1.6 bn worth have been operating at environmental protection authorities’ monitoring stations and at many locations of the Hungarian Air Quality Network.

Europe's air quality has improved significantly over the past 60 years. Nevertheless, it has not reached the air quality by regulations defined by law and required by people. Through an expanding network of monitoring stations we learn more and more about air pollution.

A Vidékfejlesztési Minisztérium a Svájci Hozzájárulásból elnyert támogatásból korszerűsíti az Országos Légszennyezettségi Mérőhálózat (OLM) manuális mérőhálózatát. Az idei évi beruházás az 1974 óta üzemelő manuális mérőhálózat eddigi legnagyobb összegű fejlesztése, mellyel egyrészt megvalósítják a korszerűtlen, elavult eszközök cseréjét, másrészt bővítik a méréssel ellenőrzött komponensek körét. Összességében javul az adat-rendelkezésre állás és adatminőségi mutatók.

The environmental protection authorities already use the first new units purchased under the HUF 1.2 billion Swiss contribution to this project

After over two years of preparation, the implementation of the project “Development of the Hungarian air quality network (OLM) and laboratory background” funded under the Swiss Contribution has been launched at the Ministry of Rural Development a year ago on 12 March 2013. On today’s press conference the Department provided information about the results to-date.

Dr. Zoltán Illés, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs and Jean-Francois Paroz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Hungary held the press conference that Dr. Andrea Zay, Director of the Central Transdanubian Inspectorate for Environment and Nature, Székesfehérvár hosted. Also attended the representatives of the Swiss Contribution Office, the Széchenyi Program Office as National Co-ordination Unit and VÁTI Nonprofit Kft. as Intermediate Body. Within the framework of the project modern sampling and laboratory equipment for measuring have been purchased, and part of them are already operating. Mobile monitoring stations will be purchased during the second half of the year. This new equipment enables air quality monitoring in accordance with EU standards. The HUF 1.4 billion project is financed by Switzerland (85%) and Hungary (15%), in the framework of the Swiss-Hungarian Cooperation Programme.

In mid-November high air pollution level was measured in the country. Fortunately, it was not necessary to order smog warnings, but the emission of air pollutants should be reduced. What can we do?

In 2013, smog season already started in November: dust particles (PM10) pollution was over the limit, but fortunately only less than a day. You can do a lot to protect your health: stay less in open air, ventilate briefly in the early afternoon, use public transport instead of your car, know the requirements of smog alert in your city.

A Nemzeti Fejlesztési Ügynökség valamint a Svájci Hozzájárulás Program Hivatala által meghirdetett fotópályázatra olyan fotókat vagy fotóetűdöket várnak, melyek összefüggésben állnak a program fejlesztési területeivel és a fejlesztés szükségességére, vagy éppen a támogatás segítségével megvalósuló pozitív változásokra hívják fel a figyelmet.

Mobile stations and laboratory equipment for measuring will be procured

Budapest, 5. August, 2013. – The Ministry of Rural Development buys 144 sampling units, 31 laboratory instruments and two mobile measurement stations. Public procurement procedure is proclamed. The development of the air quality monitoring network costs 1.4 billion HUF. The project will be realized with Swiss support.

Effective air quality improvement measures necessitate an up-to-date knowledge of pollution levels. The National Air Pollution Test Network (OLM) is a public entity with the statutory responsibility of measuring and analysing air quality. In order to improve the test quality and extend the range of materials measured, the network needs to be upgraded continuously. Funds from the European Union are available for that purpose.

traffic and heating are the main culprits

A healthy adult takes 14-18 breaths a minute, so it’s easy to see why air pollution is a serious health hazard. In Hungary, the main threats to air quality are road traffic and outdated household heating. The most hazardous pollutants are nitrogen-oxide, dust particles, and increasing ground-level ozone.

-more, than 1 billion Swiss aid air quality protection-

The implementation of the project “Development of the Hungarian air quality network (OLM) and laboratory background” has started officially by the Opening Event was held in the building of the Ministry of Rural Development. Within the framework of the project modern sampling and laboratory equipment for measuring will be procurement and mobile stations, as well, which can be arranged changing locations of measurement programs. The development impacts on the health, economy, tourism areas, improve the quality of life and protect the health of the population. The project will be realized Swiss 85% support.

This project is co-financed by Swiss Cooperation Programme for Hungarian.
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