Warning on the prevention of air pollution

Citizens are advised to use public transport and travel on foot or by bike wherever possible, using streets with low volumes of traffic.

The Generalitat de Catalunya [the regional government of Catalonia] has made a number of recommendations given the forewarning of air pollution across Catalonia. The forecast in the Barcelona area is actually for an improvement in air quality.

The Generalitat de Catalunya today, 21th November 2017, issued a preventative warning on air pollution across Catalonia, even though the forecast is for an improvement in air quality in the Barcelona area.

Given the situation, a series of recommendations have been made for the public to collaborate in the improvement of the environment and in air quality by not adding more suspended particles to the atmosphere.

Citizens are advised to use public transport and travel on foot or by bike wherever possible, using streets with low volumes of traffic.

Likewise, the use of motorised vehicles is not advised and where this is unavoidable citizens are encouraged to share cars or opt for vehicles with lower emissions, adapting driving styles accordingly to be more efficient (gentle acceleration, reduced speed, using the engine to slow down, avoiding sharp acceleration and braking etc.).

Anyone particularly sensitive to the effects of air pollution is advised to change their sporting activity and opt for a time of day when there is less movement of people and vehicles and pollution levels are lower.

Citizens are also recommended to pay attention to updates issued by the Ministry for Territory and Sustainability at the Generalitat de Catalunya.City Council has an analysis centre for measuring the presence of pollutants in the air, which is the Environmental Monitoring Services Department of the Barcelona Public Health Service (ASPB).

The department runs a number of stations that belong to the Air Pollution Monitoring and Forecasting Network in Catalonia (XVPCA). In the city of Barcelona there are a total of 11 monitoring stations on the network. Every year the ASPB compiles reports on the evolution of pollutants. City Council constantly monitors the evolution of the situation in conjunction with the Generalitat.