EnvironmentAl integrated, multilevel knoWledge and approaches to counteract critical AIR pollution events, improving vulnerable citizens quality of life in Central Europe Functional Urban Areas

What is AWAIR

AWAIR aimed to define new indicators for air quality and to evaluate the effectiveness of measures applied during Severe Air Pollution Events (SAPEs), to achieve greater protection of the health of citizens, with a special focus on vulnerable and susceptible people. Communicating correctly to stakeholders and citizens was also among the main objectives.

AWAIR involved 7 partners and 5 associated partners from academia, research and municipalities across 5 countries. Four Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) were represented.

Relevant outputs

AWAIR has produced technical information on air quality measurements, parameters and indicators, and predictive tools, to estimate the effectiveness of the actions in case of SAPEs. There have been two pilot actions in Parma and Katowice. AWAIR has produced a transnational strategy for coordination of urban plans at FUA level decision support tools and guidelines for decision makers and public administrators. AWAIR has produced an app for mobiles and tablets, to implement communication with stakeholders and citizens.

Results of communication

The final result of the communication from AWAIR has been to increase the knowledge about air quality, to increase the awareness about the impacts of air quality on health, to prompt changes in attitudes and behaviour in citizens and stakeholders. The technical knowledge developed by AWAIR has been disseminated to scientists and users. The decision making tools has reached administrators and regulators. The main results have  been widely spread to the general public through digital media, press, TV and meetings. Young people and children have been reached through schools and educators. 

Reference points of the AWAIR strategy

AWAIR has worked in the EU context, having as reference the situation of EU countries, the EU legislation framework and the common environment we all share. However, the tools developed are amenable to translation and adaptation to other local communities.













LP ARPAE - Regional Agency for the prevention, environment and energy in Emilia-Romagna - italy

Arpae’s mission is mainly related to environmental monitoring to protect health, ecosystems and territorial safety. Special attention is devoted by the agency to air quality monitoring and to the assessment of the health impact of air pollutants. The agency promotes and conducts research projects at local, regional and national level which require the use of technologically advanced monitoring activities.

CINSA - National Interuniversity Consortium for Environmental Sciences – ITALY

CINSA is a public entity and a network of researchers from six Italian Universities who have competences in Environmental Sciences, by definition an inter-disciplinary science. Atmospheric pollution and its interactions with natural systems and biota represent a key research field. The core activities of CINSA regards inter-institutional collaboration, coordination and promotion of environmental research, training, capacity building, dissemination with students, stakeholders and general public.

Municipality of Parma – ITALY

The City of Parma is the administrative structure of the town, and it represents the FUA involving over 250000 citizens in the town and neighbouring areas. All matters pertaining the life of the citizens are the core business of the partner. Concerning air quality, the City has been always involved in the Regional activities developed in the past 10 years, and recently they have started implementing the Regional Plan PAIR2020 with local emergency actions and long-term structural changes.

Municipality of the Capital City of Budapest District XIV. Zugló - HUNGARY

Zuglo is the local administrative body of the Budapest XIV district, one of the most populous with more than 120,000 inhabitants.The Municipality provides all administrative local services and takes care of citizens’ wellbeing. It has direct competence in the development and coordination of local measures which affect the citizens within the boundaries of the district as well as coordinating with the competent administrative offices of the city and neighbouring districts in case of issues at a larger scale.The topic of air pollution is among the competences of the Municipality as connected to transport and transit policies.

Katowice City Hall – POLAND

Katowice City as a Local Public Authority provides services in different areas (e.g. education, culture, health care, building and maintaining roads) for citizens which are based on national and local regulations. Since 1st of January 2013 an Energy Management Department exists in Katowice City Hall’s organisational structure, which is responsible for i.e. initiating and participating in preparations for programs, pertaining to energy efficiency improvement including utilisation of renewable energy sources, monitoring of effects obtained as a result of its realisation, and educational and informative activities for local residents.

GIG - Central Mining Institute – POLAND

GIG’s mission is to create modern, energy saving and clean technologies and technical solutions in engineering and to help the formation of relations PEOPLE-INDUSTRY–ENVIRONMENT. GIG undertakes complex and interdisciplinary tasks in numerous branches of industry and national economy. GIG has gained experience on vast number of subject areas related to environmental engineering: sustainable energy planning, management of natural resources, environmental impact assessment, eco-efficiency of technology assessment, eco-innovation.

HMGU - Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health - GERMANY

HMGU is the German Research Center for Environmental Health, pursuing the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, lung diseases and allergy. The project team is based in Munich and Augsburg, with research laboratories, measurement stations and epidemiological cohort. Expertise with PM concentrations and other pollutants encompasses urban and regional stations in the outskirts of Munich. HMGU has many years of experience in assessing air quality at a technologically advanced level including the measurement of ultrafine particles, but also in conducting and analysing epidemiological studies on air quality and air temperature.

Project Partners

Project Numbers




Million ERDF


Associated Partners


Pilot Sites

Project duration

Start Date

1 sep 2017

End Date

28 FEB 2021