8.1.B.1.5 Environmental Assessment (soil, water, air, noise, including the effects of chemical substances)
Scientific Support to Policies
A. Policy context
The proposed research will contribute to the implementation and development of 6th Environment Action Programme, the Kyoto Protocol, the fuel directive on petrol and diesel, the air quality policy, the noise policy, the soil strategy, the waste policy, the Sewage Sludge Directive 86/278/EEC and the Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Strategy (2000/60/EC).
Additionally, the research will contribute to the elaboration of the future Directives for the management of waste of selected electrical and electronic equipment and on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances during their manufacturing.
The proposed research will also contribute to European Community Biodiversity Strategy and sectoral action plans, the Birds directive and the Habitats directive, and the European Climate Change programme.
B. Research objectives
The research objectives are: to quantify, through appropriate
analytical tools and in an integrated manner the economic and
environmental effects of carbon sink enhancements; to assess
the fuel and emission standards for vehicles, to assess the
air quality at different scales on the basis of monitoring data
and modelling; to better assess noise and noise impacts from
railways, roads and aircraft; to assess organic pollutants in
sewage sludge; develop standards for soil, biowaste and sewage
sludge; to provide necessary, adequate and sound information
on substances (already regulated or to be regulated) and their
effects; it aims also at the harmonisation and/or standardisation
of sampling, screening and testing methods in support the Common
Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive.