Abdullah Al-Ahmad: We aim to reduce pollutants while increasing the green spot
Mana’ Al-Sedrawi: Identifying sources of pollution and improving the performance of the national monitoring network
Yesterday, the Environment Public Authority and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research signed a contract to implement the project to develop an air quality management system to support decision makers, and it will last for three years, at a value of 3 million Kuwaiti dinars.
The Director of the Authority and Chairman of its Board of Directors Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad said, “The Authority relies mainly on scientific studies and research in order to protect the environment and address problems, and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research comes at the top of the institutions with which the Authority implements projects in this direction. Projects and research studies whose results have provided solutions to environmental issues, pointing out that this approach contributes to strengthening the partnership between our national institutions and achieving integration among them to serve sustainable development.
Al-Ahmad stated that “the authority has a section specialized in monitoring outdoor air quality, as well as a national network for this purpose,” noting that “the authority is constantly seeking to develop monitoring standards and monitoring plans and programmes.”
He pointed out that “the contract signed with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research contributes to supporting these efforts,” explaining that “the results of the project will help achieve the sustainable development goals established by the United Nations, which should be reached by 2030, especially the third goal, which is good health and well-being, and the ninth goal. industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 11 sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13 climate action.
He added, “Through this research and cooperation, there will be clear spots for air pollutants, and then we can play our control role and reduce pollutants in parallel with the increase in the green spot,” noting that “the contract is worth nearly 3 million dinars, and it will focus on industrial cities and oil areas, as well as the governorate.” The air quality in residential areas is the basis of our work, and we will see through this system the causes of pollution, which will contribute to combating and reducing them in order to preserve the health of the residents of the State of Kuwait.”
For his part, the Acting Director of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Dr. Mana Al-Sedrawi, said that “this contract contributes to improving the performance of the national monitoring network managed by the authority, identifying pollutants that must be monitored, developing a unified geographical database and studying the impact of air pollution on human health. It is concerned with reviewing and updating the national standards for air quality and the level of permissible emissions.
Regarding the stages that the project will go through, Al-Sedrawi explained that “a research team from the institute will carry out many studies and tasks, including evaluating the level of exposure to air pollutants on human health, developing a unified geographical database on air quality, producing air pollutant emissions inventory maps using GIS, and assessing Performing and developing the national air quality monitoring network and evaluating the current locations of monitoring stations in Kuwait.
He added that «the team is also identifying pollution sources and developing a technical protocol for automatic electronic linking of current emissions control devices with the unified geographical database, as well as developing the national strategy and action plans to improve air quality in Kuwait, which includes reviewing and evaluating laws, legislation, regulations and national environmental standards for air quality. and the maximum permissible limits.
Collaboration with Harvard
Samira Al-Kandari, Deputy Director General for Environmental Control Affairs at the Environment Public Authority, said, “This project is one of the important projects for implementing the development plan, which falls into the field of implementing environmental law articles related to maintaining air quality.” With international scientific institutions such as Harvard University and global consulting houses, it will calculate and locate the most important sources of air pollution and improve the air quality measurement system that is carried out through 13 monitoring stations, and evaluate these sites and their quality and the extent of the need for new sites and forecast possible emissions from current sources and develop a strategy integrated and action plans to implement them.