Historically good air quality in Norwegian municipalities

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For the first time since the limit value for emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) came into force in 2002, all Norwegian municipalities kept within the emission limit in 2018.

In many Norwegian cities values had previously been too high, but for the first time in 16 years, the air quality in cities was historically good. And even though Oslo, in both 2017 and 2018, was on the limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter, the capital also didn’t exceed the maximum limit.

At the same time, almost all municipalities kept below the limit value for particulate matter (PM10). It was only Hamar and Elverum that broke this threshold for the first time since the border was set.

This was shown in the preliminary summary of the local air quality in 2018 said the Environment Directorate in a press release.

‘’Municipalities, counties, and the state have worked hard to reduce exhaust emissions for a number of years. It is great to see the work producing results.

We are pleased that the population in Norwegian cities and towns have better air’’ said Ellen Hambro of the Environment Directorate.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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