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UAE inks deal for initiative to improve air quality

Ministry of Environment and Water signs agreement to launch the UAE Air Quality Network

UAE inks deal for initiative to improve air quality

The UAE has signed an agreement to set up a new initiative aimed at improving air quality in the country.

The Ministry of Environment and Water has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), Dubai Municipality, Fujairah Municipality, the Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman and Sarah Municipality, for the launch of the UAE Air Quality Network.

The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the 6th Green Economy Annual Conference.

Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, said that the launch was part of efforts to enhance environmental sustainability in the country.

He said that the UAE Air Quality Network will contribute in the development of a "comprehensive and integrated national strategy to preserve the environment and improve the air quality".

Authorities aim to raise the level of air quality by up to 90 percent by 2021, he added.

Under the terms of the MoU, regular meetings will be held to discuss technical and operational issues of the network. It will also collaborate with all parties to use a standardised mechanism to measure pollutants and calculation of a daily air quality index.

The UAE Air Quality Network aims to reduce the emissions from factories, power plants, as well as from transport systems.

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