Background document to the Drenthe Provincial Air Quality programme, 2007 – 2010

As the background document to the Drenthe Provincial Air Quality programme shows, in 2006 current air quality standards were not exceeded in this province on any occasion. Based on current spatial plans and economic developments in the province, in 2010 too there seems little likelihood of air quality standards being exceeded.

The air in Drenthe is thus relatively clean. But given the various uncertainties surrounding trends in air pollution (likely development of large-scale background particulate and NO¬2concentrations, and possible introduction of more stringent European standards for particulates), we advise the Provincial Executive to monitor developments carefully. To this end, the report proposes a coherent basket of measures, which have meanwhile been implemented in a special provincial programme.