The project will be collaborating with the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” whose job it is to bring together Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all political groups and Parliamentary Committees to find sustainable solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Their priorities for 2021 include solid waste, air pollution, urban wastewater management, and SDGs, all topics that feature prominently in the current debates around odour pollution. An online event will be organized in October to discuss the possibility of a more harmonized approach to odour pollution in Europe. The event will bring together policy makers, representatives from industries, communities and scientists to present their experiences, discuss the challenges they face and propose recommendations for next steps.
Regulating odour pollution is complicated. Traditional methods of odour measurement are expensive and difficult to implement. They measure odour concentrations in the air and model the average impact it might have in the surrounding area. It is done this way because it is considered even more challenging to objectively assess the actual impact of odours on affected citizens. To get to know more about the issue, you can read our Policy Brief.
At the event, D-NOSES will present its Green Paper on Odour Pollution that focuses on citizen science-based solutions that help to reach common sense solutions that are based on efficient collection of real impact data and a constructive dialogue between affected citizens, local governments and the industry. The paper argues for a more harmonized global or European approach. Without this, addressing odours at local level is challenging and leaves citizens who have to deal with odour annoyance in their daily lives to their own devices, while odour emitting industries also do not have the benefit of a clear regulatory framework or a continuous monitoring system to adapt their activities.