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Population exposure to air pollutants in Europe: PEOPLE project in Brussels

Project ID: 1978
Funded under: FP5-JRC


Among the health related activities conducted at the Emissions and Health Unit of the Joint Research Centre, the PEOPLE (Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe) project is designed to assess human exposure to pollution. The project is assessing outdoor, indoor and personal exposure levels of/to air pollutants in about ten European conurbations. The study focuses on emissions from transport and smoking, using benzene as a tracer pollutant. Citizens were invited to participate in the project by carrying a sensor for 12 hours to measure their personal exposure to benzene. This report describes the results obtained in Brussels, the first city to take part in the pilot campaign. Pollution levels in Brussels, on the day of the campaign in October 2002, complied with the yearly average limit value of 5 micrograms per cubic meter set by Directive 2000/69/EC, except in areas with dense traffic. The PEOPLE project clearly identified higher levels of exposure to benzene due to tobacco smoking and emissions from automotive traffic.

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