As the city of Barcelona is holding the seminar “Etiquetaje ambiental de vehículos y gestión de la contaminación urbana”, the Naturgy Foundation is hosting a temporary exhibition at the Naturgy headquarters which is free to visit from 10 to 21 October 2018. The exhibition, entitled “Air quality. A current challenge”, was opened by the Director-General for Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Mercè Rius; the General Manager of RACC, Xavier Pérez; and the General Manager of the Naturgy Foundation, Martí Solà. The event has arisen due to the Director of Education and Dissemination at the Naturgy Foundation, Eva Buch, visiting the exhibition.
An exhibition to address the improvement in air quality
The exhibition, entitled “Air quality. A current challenge”, was created by the Naturgy Foundation to contribute to the educational, environmental and cultural development of society and to show how the phenomenon of atmospheric contamination is a key factor in determining the health of the public and the environment. The implementation of different initiatives by administrations, private companies and the public will be an essential challenge to reach the levels set by the World Health Organisation to improve the air quality in our environment. Therefore, responsible use of energy and, in particular, natural gas as clean fuel, will be decisive factors in reducing emissions and improving air quality. The exhibition, which was curated by Dr. Xavier Querol, an expert in atmospheric contamination, provides the tools to learn about and understand the key factors that affect air quality through four sections: the description of the phenomenon, the causes, the effects and the solutions to deal with it. After appearing in Barcelona, the Spanish exhibition will start a tour of Spain, with its next stop in Guadalajara.
The Director for Education and Dissemination of the Naturgy Foundation, Eva Buch, expressed the strong commitment to supporting social development through exhibitions and educational initiatives that can help people access specialised knowledge in the field of energy and the environment. “It is essential that all organisations, whether public, private or civil, work to improve the air quality in our cities by reducing emissions of pollutants and promoting changes in habits to use energy more rationally and, therefore, contribute to preserving the environment and the health of everyone.”
An educational proposal about air quality in cities
The exhibition, entitled “Air quality. A current challenge”, is accompanied by a free educational programme designed for Secondary School and Sixth Form students and professional training. The educational proposal includes a tour and an activity that helps the students learn about the phenomenon and become active agents in providing solutions to the environmental challenge. The exhibition’s educational programme, which is led by specialists, provides an opportunity to familiarise yourself with technical course content in a pedagogically innovative way.
The curator of the exhibition, Xavier Querol
Xavier Querol Carceller (Morella, 1963), author of the publication “La calidad del aire en las ciudades. Un reto mundial”, which was published by the Naturgy Foundation, is a research professor at the CSIC in the Institute for Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) where he researches environmental geochemistry, in particular, atmospheric contamination. He earned his doctorate in Geological Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona and completed his post-doctorate at BGS-NERC in the United Kingdom. He then joined the Jaume Almera Institute of Earth Sciences at the CSIC and in 2008, he joined IDAEA. He appears in the top 1% of the Thomson Reuters list of most cited researchers in the world for 2014, 2015 and 2016. He has led several national and EU projects, including the LIFE Environment best project of 2017, has written over 550 articles in indexed scientific journals, and has directed 27 doctoral theses. He won the Environment Award from the Regional Government of Catalonia in 2009 and the Rey Jaume I Award for protecting the environment in 2013. He was also elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona in December 2017