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Seminar: “Pioneering better air quality in european cities”. Brussels

07 May

The event will be an opportunity to discuss the role of cities in the fight against air pollution and reflect upon best practices from leaders such as Berlin, Milan and Madrid. The panel will feature representatives of these three European cities, and discuss the challenges they are faced with and the solutions they have implemented.

Description of the activity

The event will also include a presentation of the book Air Quality in Cities: A Global Challenge, led by Xavier Querol and 17 expert contributors. Attendants will receive a copy of the book.

Ms Maria Eugenia Coronado, Director-General of the Naturgy Foundation, and Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG Environment at the European Commission, will open the event. They will be followed by a keynote speech from Ms Nathalie Roebbel, Coordinator Air Pollution and Urban Health, World Health Organisation, and an expert panel to discuss solutions to tackling air pollution in urban areas.


15:30h Registration

16:00h Opening addresses
Ms María Eugenia Coronado, Director General, Naturgy Foundation.
Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General of DG Environment, European Commission.

16:30h  Keynote Speech: Air Quality and its effects on health
Ms Nathalie RoebbelCoordinator Air Pollution and Urban Health, World Health Organisation. Download the presentation

17:00h European cities and their experiences in tackling air quality challenges:

Madrid: fostering alternative energy vehicles for urban mobility
Mr Juan Azcárate Luxán, Deputy Director General for Energy and Climate Change, Madrid City Council. Download the presentation

Berlin: the most efficient low-emissions zone
Mr Martin Lutz, Head of Sector on Air Quality Management, Senate Department of Environmental, Transport and Climate Protection. Download the presentation

Milan and Lombardy: analysis and perspectives on air quality and the impact of wood burning
Mr Guido Lanzani, Head of Air Quality Unit, Environmental Monitoring Area, ARPA Lombardy. Download the presentation

18:00h Pannel Discussion

18:30h Cocktail Reception

Tuesday 7 May, 16:00 – 18:30 (followed by cocktail reception)

Bibliothéque Solvay –
Parc Léopold, Rue Belliard 137, Brussels

Limited capacity
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