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FAQ

What is used for monitoring ambient air in Cyprus?

Department of Labour Inspection and specifically speaking Air Quality Section is the responsible authority for monitoring ambient air since 1991. Monitoring is performed through a network of nine mobile monitoring stations which are equipped with different instruments of pollutants.   

 

Where are the mobile units of monitoring air quality in Cyprus?

Monitoring Units are located to the following areas:

 

  • Strovolos Police Station in Nicosia
  • Garden of Elementary School of Apostolos Loucas
  • Agias Sofias and Seychelles Street in Limassol
  • Archbishop Makarios III Avenue and Tsirou Street in Limassol
  • Aristofanous Street in Larnaca
  • Larnaca Municipal Park  (opposite American Academy) in Larnaca
  • Pafos Police Station
  • Zygi Municipal Authority
  • Agia Marina Xyliatou Forest Station

Which are the five main pollutants and which are their cateories?

The main pollutants are Nitric Dioxide (NO2), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Oxide (CO), Ozon (O3) and Particulate Matter (PM10). The major categories of pollutants are described in the diagram below:

 

Banding

Index

Health Descriptor

Low

1

Effects are unlikely to be noticed even by individuals who know they are sensitive to air pollutants

2

3

Moderate

4

Mild effects, unlikely to require action, may be noticed amongst sensitive individuals.

5

6

High

7

Significant effects may be noticed by sensitive individuals and action to avoid or reduce these effects may be needed (e.g. reducing exposure by spending less time in polluted areas outdoors). Asthmatics will find that their 'reliever' inhaler is likely to reverse the effects on the lung.

8

9

Very High

10

The effects on sensitive individuals described for 'High' levels of pollution may worsen.

 

Where can I find more information regarding air quality in Cyprus?

The authority dedicated for monitoring ambient air is the Air Quality Section of Department of Labour Inspection (DLI). The officers of the Air Quality Section can assist for any matter related to air quality. Also, an outdoor panel is showing up information related to Air Quality and it is located in front of Lycabettus police station. Two 32" internal panels are showing content related to Air Quality and they are located in the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (MLSI) and at the Nicosia Citizens Centre respectively.

Are there any European directives regarding Air Quality?
Yes, there are European Directives regarding Air Quality which are the following:

  • Council Directive 96/62/EC of 27 September 1996 on ambient air quality assessment and management (Air Quality Framework Directive).
  • Council Directive 1999/30/EC of 22 April 1999 relating to limit values for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and lead in ambient air (First Daughter Directive (99/30/EC)).
  • Directive 2000/69/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2000 relating to limit values for benzene and carbon monoxide in ambient air (Second Daughter Directive (2000/69/EC)).
  • Directive 2002/3/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 12 February 2002 relating to ozone in ambient air (Third Daughter Directive (2002/3/EC)).
  • Directive 2004/107/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 15 December 2004 relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air (Fourth Daughter Directive (2004/107/EC)).
  • Directive 2008/50/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 21 May 2008 on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.