Meschede secures pioneering position in air quality management

Hawa Dawa and the district and university town of Meschede are extending the monitoring period agreed as part of the “Smart Air City” campaign by a further six months to one year. Thus, Meschede underpins its intention to actively address the issue of air quality.

As part of the 2018 “Smart Air City” campaign initiated by Hawa Dawa, Meschede was equipped with Hawa Dawa Sentience measuring devices free of charge for six months. An interactive online dashboard allowed the city of Meschede to access the digital air quality data generated in real time. The six months were concluded with a detailed air quality report by Hawa Dawa. This report, which shows temporal patterns as well as the frequency distribution of certain values, enables a quick overview and an initial basis for decision-making. To further deepen these findings, Meschede decided to extend the measurement period to a full twelve months.

Klaus Wahle, Head of the Planning and Building Regulations Department of the City of Meschede, explains: “From the very beginning, our intention was to bring clarity to the issue of air quality by measuring the air quality. Only when the situation is known in detail can concrete solutions be found. By extending the measurement period to a full year, we can gain further insights into seasonal changes in air quality values.”

Klaus Wahle also gave an overview of the results of the measurements taken so far at the recent meeting of the Meschede City Council. At all measuring points, the levels of particulate matter, ozone and nitrogen dioxide were in the lower range and – where present – below the legal hourly limit values. For example, an hourly average value of 200 micrograms per cubic metre of air is the EU-wide limit value for particulate matter – in Meschede, the maximum value measured was 65 micrograms on Steinstraße. On average, the value was even only 40 micrograms. There are annual limit values for ozone and nitrogen dioxide and the values measured so far show a very promising trend. Whether the values are below the maximum permissible limits can only be confirmed after measuring a whole year. Therefore, the district and university town of Meschede will continue to address the issue of air quality in order to be able to develop a complete picture of the situation on site.

Janina Stork, Head of Sales at Hawa Dawa, adds: “Road traffic is placing an increasing burden on air quality in German cities. New, innovative approaches are needed to improve the quality of life in cities while ensuring continuous mobility. That is why we have launched the “Smart Air City” campaign. Meschede, last year’s winner of our Smart Air City campaign, is another example of how it is becoming increasingly important for a city or region to bring transparency to the issue of air quality. I am therefore particularly pleased to announce our Smart Air City campaign this year: For 4 cities, 4 Sentience meters each, free of charge for 4 months. More details are already available on our Smart City 2019 website.”