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Brussels’ air up to 80% less polluted during car free Sunday

26 September 2019

This year’s edition of car-free Sunday, which was part of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK, lead to a drop of up to 80% in the levels of pollution, the Brussels Times reports.

The Belgian Interregional Environment Agency, tasked with measuring air quality in Belgium, announced a drop of between 70 to 80% in the concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and diesel soot, the main pollutants linked to car traffic.

The event on Sunday also saw the year’s lowest concentrations of nitrogen oxide in the Arts-Loi zone, one of the most heavily polluted areas in the heart of Brussels’ European quarter.

Air quality monitors set up at the start of mobility week showed that the air in Arts-Loi was up to two times more polluted than the air in a different, pedestrian part of the city.

Read the full article on the Brussels Times website.

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