Cuba, Cienfuegos, monitoring, air quality, human health, Center for Environmental Studies

Workshop to manage air quality in Cuba

Cienfuegos, February 10.- Today the results of the project Strengthening capacities for the monitoring, evaluation and management of air quality and its impact on human health in Cuba TINAIR, developed by the Center for Environmental Studies (CEAC in Spanish), were evaluated.

Among the main results of this project, the strengthening of national capacities for monitoring particles (PM10 and PM2.5) and gases (O3, NO2, CO and SO2) stands out with the launch of an air quality station in the industrial hub of Cienfuegos.

This has allowed us to determine the impact of local emissions from the Cienfuegos industrial zone on the city's air quality according to Cuban regulations (NC 1020: 2014).

MSc Gleisy Pérez Avilleira, Head of the CEAC national project, explained that this year an Atmospheric Pollutants Monitoring Program will be developed at the Air Quality Station located in the provincial capital of Cienfuegos, about 250 kilometers from Havana.  

Likewise, a new Sampling Station will be established in Havana, which will allow the measurement of particulate matter, in parallel with the Cienfueguera station, he assured.

As was announced at the meeting, at the end of this year there will be an online graph with updated levels of air pollutants, and the Air Quality Index, according to Cuban Standard 111: 2004: Air quality rules for monitoring air quality in human settlements, said Pérez Avilleira.

He also expressed that during the period an Air Quality Biomonitoring Campaign will be carried out as a complementary and sustainable tool for the study of the distribution of pollution and its main sources in the cities of Cienfuegos and Santa Clara.

TINAIR is a national project coordinated and executed by CEAC experts and financed by the Agency for Nuclear Energy and Advanced Technologies, which responds to the National Plan for Economic and Social Development until 2030, the State Plan for Confronting Change Climate – Life Task.

This national project also responds to Sustainable Development Goals 3, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; and 11, Make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. (Text and photo: PL)

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