Tag Archive for: urban air quality

Caring about the future: planning for climate and environment in the fiscal year 2023

Currently, budget planning is on the way in most of municipalities.

Particularly in the area of climate and environment, it will not be sufficient to update the existing values. On the one hand, because the current situation poses new challenges for the municipalities but also holds a multitude of opportunities in store, and on the other hand, after a phase marked by the pandemic, the citizens now again expect measures to shape the future actively. Last but not least, the announced tightening of the EU directive on air pollutant limits in the direction of the stricter WHO recommendations must not be lost sight of: Those who proactively position themselves well here will certainly be able to react better to critical situations and thus avoid drastic measures.

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Hawa Dawa data products turn environmental data into relevant information for citizens and administrations

Environmental impacts have become an integral part of the “urban development and traffic planning” field of action. Heat waves and increased traffic volumes are just two of the many effects of climate change and urbanization that make the topic of “environment” even more critical.

For concretely considering environmental influences in planning and decision-making, relevant environmental data must be reliable and available at all times. Read more

Saubere Luft – Eine Aufgabe innerhalb der kommunalen Daseinsfürsorge

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In der EU besteht ein Recht auf saubere Luft (mehr dazu hier). Daher sind die Mitgliedstaaten verpflichtet, Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um die Luftschadstoffe zu senken.

Die Grundlage dafür bildet die EU-Luftreinhalterichtlinie (2008/50/EG). Die von der Bundesregierung beschlossene Verordnung über Luftqualitätsstandards und Emissionshöchstmengen (39. BImSchV) setzt diese EU-Richtlinie in nationales Recht um. Zur Verbesserung der Luftqualität legt sie Grenzwerte für Schadstoffkonzentrationen in der (Umgebungs-)Luft fest.

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Air quality data – a pioneer in the municipal open data movement

Open data and data sovereignty are key terms when municipalities think about digitalisation or Smart City.

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Germany fails to meet the new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline values for air pollution for 2021

Hawa Dawa shows on the basis of an analysis of all existing public measuring stations in Germany that the new WHO guideline values for air pollution were exceeded at the majority of the measuring stations.

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Digitisation, Climate Protection and Sustainability: Chances and Challenges for Cities

Martin Montag, Head of Sales Public Sector, discussed the topic “opportunities of digitisation” in the course of the network meeting “Junge Bürgermeiter*innen”. It is an exciting topic, as municipalities face many challenges and opportunities at the interface of climate protection, sustainability, and digitisation. Here are some spotlights on the topic:

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New WHO guidelines on air pollution – what’s their meaning?

By reducing the recommended heights, existing laws come under pressure – or at least are being questioned. While the European Air Pollution Control Directive largely complied with the previous WHO recommendations from 2005, gaps are now apparent. The EU has already announced a revision and launched the corresponding consultation. Read more

TÜV Süd confirms Hawa Dawa the accuracy of the “indicative measurement”

IoT measurement method meets legal requirements to prove compliance with air pollutant limits. Hawa Dawa has been the first provider in Europe to be certified by an independent state-approved body for the legally prescribed measurement accuracy of its IoT sensor measuring networks. TÜV Süd certifies:  Hawa Dawa achieves the quality objectives of the 39. BlmSchV  (the national implementation of the EU directive 2008/50/EG ).

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Podcast: Air Quality Sensor Network in Ulm

Air quality, environmental protection and health are topics that are constantly gaining attention not only throughout Germany, but also in Ulm. With sensors, we lay the foundation for our own urban measurement series at the Eselsberg in the Zukunftskommune@bw project.

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Dorothee Bär, German Minister of State for Digitalisation: Hawa Dawa provides an important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses

In an interview for RESPOND, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation,  said: “The fact that sustainability and digitization can work very well together is also demonstrated by your ‘Tech for Good’ projects. I’m thinking of the RESPOND startup Hawa Dawa from Munich, for example, which makes air quality visible. It provides an important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses to reduce air pollutionRead more