The air quality in 2019 was better than in many years

Smoke from two pipes in OsloSmoke from two pipes in Oslo. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen.NTB scanpix
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The air quality was better than in several years last year, and there were no overshooting of the limit values for particulate matter or nitrogen dioxide.

There were only two exceedances of limit values for air quality last year, both related to industrial activities, the Norwegian Environment Agency states.

According to the final measurement data for air quality in Norway in 2019, for the first time in many years, there were no exceedances of the limit values for particulate matter or nitrogen dioxide.

“It is nice to see that 2019 was also a year of relatively good air quality. It is good that more people in vulnerable groups do not have to worry about going out, and that the work to improve the air is yielding results”, says director Ellen Hambro in the Norwegian Environment Agency.

At the same time, there were two municipalities that in 2019 exceeded the national target for airborne dust. This applies to Oslo and Kristiansand. Eight municipalities exceeded the national target for fine particulate matter. Here, both emissions from wood-burning and exhaust are the main sources.

“It is important that we do not believe that the job is done, but that the good work with measures to improve air quality continues”, says Hambro.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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