This project is an awareness-raising campaign to curb waste incineration and use fuel properly. The recommendations, among other things, the purchase and placement of affordable air quality measuring device that measures the amount of airborne dust in the air, as well as information on temperature and humidity. In this way, residents can follow the changes in the air quality of their place of residence and Hungary on their own.
Bad air causes the premature death of nearly 13,000 people in Hungary every year. In Central and Eastern Europe, most air pollution comes from households, and this is due not only to inadequate insulation of houses but also to incineration. The air quality of Hungarian settlements regularly exceeds the health limit values, therefore legal proceedings are also pending against Hungary.
With the help of the measurement network, we get a more accurate picture of air pollution with regard to PM10 and PM2.5 size dust, and the processes can be observed even more in the municipal, national and European areas. More than 150 devices are already operating nationwide.
The devices complement and refine the measurements of the Measurement Network of the National Meteorological Service (OMSZ) with good efficiency. Clean Air Action Group would consider it a great success if the number of residential measuring devices increased by 100-200 next year. Of course, the two measurements are not of equal value, the latter device provides non-certified, non-accredited, informative data.
The measured data will soon be uploaded to metnet.hu, where temperature changes and wind directions can also be observed. The campaign is supported by the European Climate Foundation.