Without air quality standards that are in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations, the EU sees over 400,000 premature deaths every year caused by air pollution. It is estimated that the health costs associated to this are between €330 billion and €940 billion. Furthermore, mercury emissions from incinerated solid recovered fuels are a major source of environmental concerns.

ECOS will work to limit the negative impacts of poor air quality through the development of robust automated measurement methods and monitoring standards to safeguard citizens’ health and protect the environment.


  • Contribute to the development of harmonised measurement methods to monitor Particulate Matter 10 and 2.5 (PM10 and PM2.5), in support of the Ambient Air Quality Directive (e.g. EN 16450)
  • Participate in the development of methods for the determination of the concentration of total mercury and automated measuring systems (EN 14884)
  • Follow European standardisation organisations’ efforts to define standards for monitoring requirements of emissions from large combustion and waste incineration plants
  • Promote the alignment of standardisation work with relevant monitoring requirements defined for the Large Combustion Plants (LCP) Best Available Technique Reference Documents (BREF), Wood panels BREFs & Waste Incineration (WI) BREFs

ECOS contributes to:

  • CEN/TC 264: Air quality
  • CEN/TC 343: Solid Recovered Fuels

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

  • M/503: Implementation of the Ambient Air Quality legislation

DSC_0466For more details on ECOS’ participation in the air quality standards, please contact:
Mathilde Crêpy– Policy Officer

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