Project Title: Nanoparticle emissions from the transport sector: health and policy impacts
Duration: 36 months (01/06/2021 – 31/05/2024)
Description: Air pollution in European cities is still threatening human health, even though EU emission directives have been sharpened over the last 25 years. Adverse health effects of airborne particles are strongly linked to their size and chemistry and major fraction of outdoor ultrafine particles is traffic generated from road, rail, air, and sea transportation, each one representing a transport source. The nPETS consortium will link particles with certain characteristics to its source using toxicity markers. The different toxicological markers will be integrated to obtain a toxicity score for each source. Various multivariate analysis tools will be used to: 1) relate the different physical/chemical parameters with the toxicity of the sources, combining the laboratory emission studies and datasets and 2) apportion nanoparticle toxicity to different transport sources and different aging particles, combining the field emission studies (ambient air) and datasets.
Objectives: nPETS aims to contribute to better public health policies by developing new knowledge in the area of transport generated sub 100 nm particle emissions and their toxicology and providing suggestions for effective mitigation measures. nPETS will, for example, contribute with innovative methods for quantification of toxicity in the field for all transport modes. Today there are no existing methods for measuring these sub 100 nm particle emissions from various individual sources. nPETS will identify these sources, linked to its transport mode, and their impact on health risks, to understand and build knowledge so that new policies are targeting hot-spots, which are responsible for the most health damage. For identified critical sources, it is expected an average of 50% reduction in sub 100 nm particle number.
HIT key role and responsibilities: HIT is a project partner and responsible for the project database that includes all project results, the field tests in Thessaloniki Greece including the chemical characterisation of the particles and responsible for the project dissemination (WP8 leader).
Dr. Dimitri Margaritis
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