Roundtable at the CID - "Scientific and political challenges in improving urban air quality"

On the occasion of the Setmana de la Ciència, a round table was organized on Saturday, 16th November, in the CID Sala d'Actes.

A good part of the European population lives in urban areas, especially cities and large cities, where air quality levels are exceeded. The AIRUSE project, led by Xavier Querol (IDAEA), and awarded in Europe in 2018, proposes six recommendations to improve the air quality of cities in southern Europe. On the other hand, Barcelona will launch on 1st January 2020, the Low Emission Zone (ZBE) and from April will begin to impose fines on the most polluting vehicles that circulate in this restricted area.

During this round table, this new measure will be discussed that will come into force in the coming months and how it could be complemented with the measures proposed by the researchers in the AIRUSE project.

What do scientists and competent authorities think about it, and what are the main questions of citizens on these issues, are the issues that will be discussed on Saturday, 16th November, at 11:00am in the CID Sala d'Actes (C. Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona), in a round table composed of:

Mercè Rius i Serra - General Director of Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Janet Sanz Cid - Second Deputy Mayor of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. Àrea d'Ecologia, Urbanisme i Mobilitat.
Xavier Querol Carceller - IDAEA-CSIC Researcher
Carles Conill - Director de Serveis de Mobilitat Sostenible de l'Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona
Ricard Riol Jurado - President of the Association for the Promoció del Transport Públic
María García - Coordinator of Air Quality of Ecologistas en Acción de Catalunya
Guille López - Coordinator of the Ei!xample Respira Neighborhood Platform

Moderates the debate: Mònica Terribas - Journalist of Catalunya Ràdio

We encourage everyone to attend this debate on 16th November and help us to give it the widest possible dissemination. It is an activity open to all the public.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019