Up-to-Date Air Quality in your city

Title picture: (European Commission,2019:25)

According to the EU's Environmental Implementation review report, the air quality has significantly improved in Denmark, however, there is still a lot to be done (European Commission, 2019:18). The good news is Denmark plans to completely stop using and selling diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2030. It is on its way to meet the EU targets, also thanks to the objectives such as cleaner transport in both urban and rural areas, more environment-friendly transport at sea, an innovative and sustainable agriculture, as well as greener residential energy power source (European Commission, 2019:19).                                                                                                                 
For example, in 2019, 46.9% (Energistyrelsen,2020) of the total Danish energy consumption came from wind power plants, which is a clean and green power alternative. Indeed, Denmark is one of the world's top producers of wind energy. However, in spite of these highlights, Denmark does not have the best or the lowest air quality indicators. 

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a useful online interactive map, which indicates up-to-date air quality in EU's largest cities with surprising results (EEA,2020). Check it for yourself: How is your country doing in terms of air quality? What needs to be improved?

Link to the EEA Map here:


European Commission (2019) 'The Environmental Implementation Review 2019 - Country Report Denmark' European Union. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/eir/pdf/report_dk_en.pdf

EEA (2020) 'Up-to-date air quality data'  European Environment Agency.   https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/explore-interactive-maps/up-to-date-air-quality-data

Energistyrelsen (2020) 'Fakta om vindenergi'. Klima-Energi og Forsyningsministeriet.  https://ens.dk/ansvarsomraader/vindenergi/fakta-om-vindenergi

Figure 1: EEA (2020) 'Up-to-date air quality data' European Environment Agency.  https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/explore-interactive-maps/up-to-date-air-quality-data eem2JPG

Figure 2: Emissions in DK (EEA, 2019:18) - NOx=Nitrogen dioxide, PM= fine particle matter (dust)