Issue date: 29 April 2004

ISSUE DATE: 29/04/04

Representatives from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chulalongkorn University will be visiting Bristol on Sunday 2 May to study how Bristol manages its air quality. The lessons learned will be used to improve air quality in Bangkok, one of the most polluted cities in the world.

The international project brings together experts from Bristol City Council, the Municipality of Athens and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) the University of the West of England and the NSCA, the environmental protection society. Experts in Bristol and Athens have developed best practice manuals and a training programme to enhance the skills and ability of staff in Bangkok.

The Bristol visit will include the third training session delivered by UK experts. The visit will focus on practical methods to reduce the impact of air pollution on health and the environment. Bangkok has severe problems with particulate matter (PM10) whilst Bristol and Athens main problem relate to nitrogen dioxide levels. Both problems are traffic related, resulting from congestion in particular. In Bangkok, sources include diesel vehicles and 2-stroke motorcycles.

Bristol recently had its Air Quality Action plan approved by the council. Bangkok will be hoping to learn the Bristol lessons to strengthen Bangkok’s Air Quality Management Plan.

Clare Beattie from UWE’s Air Quality Management Resource Centre, said, “The UK Framework for air quality management is recognised as being successful so far and it is great that Bristol can share practical solutions to air quality issues internationally. Delegates from Thailand following more theoretical training in Bangkok will be putting theory into practice on visits to Athens and Bristol.”

Councillor White, Executive Member with responsibility for Environment, Transport and Leisure said: "Bristol is proud to have launched its new Air Quality Action Plan that has been produced with wide public consultation. Bristol has a lot of expertise in air quality management and it is important to be able to share and enhance that expertise through working with other countries. In particular, working with Athens and Bangkok to put together guidelines on improving air quality will provide a realistic way of making environmental improvements throughout the world."


Editor’s notes

Further information can be obtained from the project website at www.euthair.org.

The two-year project 'Improving Management and Supporting Air Quality in Metropolitan Cities' commenced in September 2002 and is a partnership between Bristol City Council, the Municipality of Athens and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The project is financed by the European Union through the Asia Urbs programme.

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