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Emissions to the air

Where does air pollution come from, and how can we best reduce these emissions? To find out which pollutants are in the air and where they come from, IVL uses a number of measurement methods and monitoring strategies.

Emissions to the air come mainly from road traffic, industry, heating, marine transport and work vehicles. Other contributing sources include small-scale woodburning, oil-powered boiler houses and domestic boilers. Moreover, some air pollution is imported from nearby countries and regions.

Transport contributes to several of the worst types of air pollution. Emissions from fixed sources come primarily from industries and other large facilities.

Coastline with ships and cranes

Air researchers from around the world meet in Gothenburg

In mid-March, researchers, experts and negotiators from around the world will meet in Gothenburg for the seventh Saltsjöbaden Clean Air Workshop. Over three days there will be workshops and discussions about how we can improve the world's air quality.

Examples of our practical work with emissions

Skorstenar vid en industribyggnad

Swedish Environmental Emissions Data (SMED)

Within the framework of the SMED programme area Air and Climate, IVL is in charge of calculations, data compilation and official reports, including Sweden's reporting to the UNECE's convention on transboundary air pollution – CLRTAP.

Read more about SMED

Bil kör på skogsväg

Tools that will reduce emissions from vehicle fleets

The overarching aim of the EU project uCARe is to reduce the emissions from vehicle fleets by giving the vehicle's user simple tools to reduce their individual emissions.

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Fraktfartyg i solnedgång

New technique for monitoring emissions from shipping

The EU project Scipper concerns air quality: improving and developing emissions monitoring systems for the shipping industry. The project includes testing of sensors, measurement with drones, satellites and other remote sensing systems, and measurement in exhaust plumes.

Read more about Scipper

Cars and a truck driving in a curve, partly under driveways.

CARES – better measurement of road traffic's emissions in real driving

The EU project CARES aims to improve urban air by monitoring and measuring emissions from traffic. It will develop instruments and software that will be tested in three cities in Europe, and in China.

Read more about CARES

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