The European Union determined in the Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EG) limit values for fine dust, nitrogen dioxide, etc. for ensuring air quality.

Potsdam, Verkehr am Hauptbahnhof/Lange Brücke (© Hartmut Krenz)Potsdam, Verkehr am Hauptbahnhof/Lange Brücke © Hartmut KrenzIn 2010, in East-Brandenburg the short-term exposure limit for PM10 of 50 µg/m3 was exceeded on more than 35 days. The causes were unfavourable dispersion conditions, so-called episodes, which produced the exceeding of the limit values. The European Commission was informed about the causes and measures taken in the concerned municipalities. (see report)

For the cities Brandenburg on the Havel and Potsdam a request for extension was submitted to the Commission according to Art. 22 of the EU Directive 2008/50/EG for the compliance of the nitrogen dioxide limit value, which failed to comply with in 2010. Due to the extension of the deadline of 20 February 2013 by the European Commission, the affected cities have until 2015 to ensure compliance with the limit permanently. For the years 2011 to 2014 should the NO2 annual mean values of the 40 μg/m3-Grenzwert exceed a maximum of 50 percent-tolerance and will need to comply strictly with the calendar year 2015

Further information:

  • Report to the causes of the excesses of the 24 h-limits for PM10 in Brandenburg in the year 2010 and too their avoidance moved measures (in german)
    » Updating 2011  (in german)
Letzte Aktualisierung: 16.03.2016

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MLUL, Abteilung Umwelt,
Klimaschutz, Nachhaltigkeit
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Dipl.-Biophys. Jens Krüsmann
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