A small, government-funded air quality control centre, built to help tackle air pollution from coal-fired power stations in the Scottish capital, has been installed in the city.
The Aberdeen Energy Institute is now working on a larger air quality management centre.
It was established by the UK Government in 2007 to provide a national air quality monitoring system to the Scottish government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), and other local authorities.
“We need to be doing something now,” said Aberdeen Energy director of policy and planning, Ian Thompson.
“It’s not the end of the world if we don’t get this done.”
The centre has been designed to monitor the levels of particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air.
It’s part of a wider effort to tackle pollution across the UK, where there are about half a million people living in pollution hotspots.
The Scottish Environment Secretary, Joe Wells, said the installation was a “significant step” in helping the region’s air quality.
“Our aim is to have a centre in each of the most polluted parts of Aberdeen, where the worst air quality problems are occurring,” he said.
“It is essential we work with our neighbours to reduce pollution, not just the UK,” said Wells. “
The air quality in Aberdeen is very high and this new centre will allow us to better understand the problem and work with other partners in the region to achieve a much-needed air quality reduction.”
“It is essential we work with our neighbours to reduce pollution, not just the UK,” said Wells.
“This will reduce emissions and help to drive up emissions elsewhere in the UK.”
The new air quality centre was funded by the Scottish Government, Sepa and other partners.
“I can see why people are excited by this idea,” said local councillor Mike MacLean.
He said Aberdeen had a strong history of working together to fight air pollution. “
With the energy we generate, it is not enough to just burn fossil fuels.”
He said Aberdeen had a strong history of working together to fight air pollution.
“Aberdeen is very proud of its contribution to air quality and the environment.
We have a lot of projects that help us tackle air quality issues and our city is proud to be the first in the country to build a centre to help us do so.”