Le Havre - Rouen
Air Quality ImprovementIn fact, Air Normand serves as a platform for putting in place all actions designed to study, measure and reduce pollutant.
New pollutants are also being tracked in homes and workplaces. Their health impact is often unknown and measuring techniques are constantly being developed.
Air Normand is investing in new fields as part of the Regional Air Quality Plan.
This includes studying dust in increasingly greater depth with measuring now taking place in the Metro and stations. Its varied nature indicates the wearing of mechanical parts, braking or the use of diesel.
Loading boats in the port areas causes dust to take to the air (cereals, coal, etc.). Recent measurements also reveal the existence of pesticides in the form of ambient air traces in: multiple compounds, the techniques used are still in the throes of being developed. Inside houses, the Volatile Organic Compounds, that make up part of new everyday products (fabrics, paint, glue, PVC, etc.), cause effects ranging from simple odour discomfort to carcinogenic effects.
The monitoring results provide a means of assessing the effectiveness of the strategies developed in Upper Normandy to fight against atmospheric pollution.
Thus, Air Normand takes part in public policies concerning air quality:
- The Atmosphere Protection Plans (PPA, Plans de Protection de l'Atmosphère) are deployed around the Seine-Maritime petro-chemical sites because the pollution levels exceed, or might exceed the limits fixed by the law. The objective is to return to standard levels.
- The Urban Transport Plan (PDU, Plan de déplacements urbains). This plan is designed to reduce traffic: reducing the space granted to cars in cities to favour other modes of transportation.