Istanbul’s air improved by 30 percent thanks to ‘stay at home’ call

According to the statement made by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, while efforts are continuing to improve air quality and for a “clean Istanbul”, the Air Quality Laboratory within the Environmental Protection Directorate, which is accredited by the Turkish Accreditation Agency (TÜRKAK) and has a qualification certificate from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, serves Istanbulites during the pandemic period.

According to the data of the Directorate of Environmental Protection, the number of vehicles in traffic decreased as people stayed at home instead of going out with the effect of the “Stay at home” calls made to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decreasing number of vehicles had a positive impact on Istanbul’s air. Comparing the same periods of last year and this year (January 1-April 27), the Air Quality Index (AQI), which was h58 in 2019, improved by 13 percent in 2020.

According to the last 5 years and 2020 Air Quality Indices in Istanbul, the highest value was measured in 2017 with an average of 58.

The city’s air quality can be monitored on “https://havakalitesi.ibb.istanbul/Pages/Reports”, which is updated instantly.

IBB Environmental Engineer Bahar Tüncel, whose views were included in the statement, pointed out that the decrease in the number of vehicles driving in traffic is very important in cleaning the air and gave the following information:

“The required limit value is 40 micrograms per cubic meter per year for particulate matter. Before the pandemic, the levels of particulate matter pollutants in Istanbul were 45-55 micrograms per cubic meter. But levels have fallen below 50 in the current period. As of this week, it has dropped to 30 micrograms / cubic meter.”

Muhammed Doğan, IBB Air Quality Laboratory Supervisor, stated that air quality data is used to evaluate the effects of pollutants on health and that air quality measurements are carried out in every corner of the city with 26 fixed and 2 mobile air quality monitoring stations.

Stating that 12 stations of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in Istanbul are also connected to the municipality’s network, Doğan said that the city’s air quality is measured with a total of 36 stations and examined by the center.

Stating that measurements are carried out at the Air Quality Monitoring Stations within the scope of the European Union Air Quality Directives and the Air Quality Assessment and Management Regulation, Doğan noted that thanks to air quality measurements, the people of Istanbul, who are concerned about pollution or health problems caused by pollution, can access up-to-date air quality information.

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/istanbulun-havasi-evde-kal-cagrisiyla-yuzde-30-oraninda-iyilesti/1822469

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