nuno lacasta   The last webinar on odour management organized by the APEA was very interesting. After all the presentations, Mr. Nuno Lacasta, president of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) announced that The Portuguese Environment Agency is now undertaking the preparation of a Guidance toolkit for odour management and control in Portugal.

   According to Mr. Lacasta "This guideline will be based on activities risk assessment and corresponding management plans that identify odour mitigation measures adapting them to technical progress and also to citizen input." In addition he mentioned that they have drawn upon the experience of several European countries in a way that allows for this to be a path that they start to undertake in a comprehensive manner, in Portugal.

   air quality europe report 2015Every year, the Air quality in Europe (AQE) Report presents an updated overview and analysis of air quality in Europe. This year the AQE report edited by the European Environment Agency (EEA) presented the progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives made in 2020. Once again, the AQE report failed short to recognize the odours as a pollutant with a key impact on the air quality in Europe.

   The Air quality in Europe (AQE) report analyses on an annually basis how the concentration of some chemical pollutants affects the air that we breathe in Europe. These chemicals are supposed to have the highest impact on air quality and thus on health. But  where do odours stand here?

Paper mpdi published   The well known media Atmosphere from MDPI has finally published the paper titled “Summary and Overview of the Odour Regulations Worldwide”, written by 18 authors from Canada, Spain, USA, Poland, New Zealand, Austria, France, UK, Italy, Chile, Belgium, Colombia, China, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan. This paper was commenced in early 2016, and the authors have had over 50 (virtual) meetings at different daylight zones along these 4 years of work.

   As you may know, the editors of this website have been working on this paper. The paper was growing and growing with contributions and authors, with revisions and with a never ending discussion part. Finally, in 2020 the paper was ready to be presented in the peer reviewed scientific magazine MDPI, and the 3rd February 2021, it was finally published.