Air quality: what can ECN do for you?

Air pollution is detrimental to health, affects nature and agriculture, and contributes to climate change. Measuring air quality is therefore important. With its experience and knowledge in this field, ECN is your ideal partner.

What can ECN help you with?
Do you, as a municipality, want to improve the air quality of your inhabitants’ living environment? Have you promised to reduce the air pollution on motorways? Or do you run a company and wish to implement local dust monitoring to make the air at your company site cleaner? ECN can help. We can be of service to you in the following fields:

  1. Particulate matter: improving air quality in urban areas
  2. Mapping local air quality
  3. Mapping and monitoring dust emissions at company sites
  4. Mapping and controlling the amount of nitrogen in the air
  5. Local measurements of VOC emissions at company sites (volatile Organic Compounds)
  6. Personal air quality measurement with CAIRE: a handheld device for measuring air quality

 1. Particulate matter: Improving air quality in urban areas

The air quality is one of the important parameters in a healthy city with a sustainable living environment. How much particulate matter is present at a single moment in a city, neighbourhood or street? How large and harmful are these particles? What sort of particles are these?

The right information at the right moment is crucial to the improvement of the air quality and the reduction of the amount of nitrogen in an urban environment.
What can ECN do for you?
Measurement campaigns will provide you with insight into the air quality and the particulate matter pollution in your neighbourhood or municipality. This will enable provinces and municipalities to take focused and effective measures to improve the air quality, should the need arise.
Would you like to know more?

  • You can find more information about measuring particulate matter in the brochure. This brochure can be downloaded for free.


Download PM brochure

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2. Mapping local air quality

There are many different locations where the local air quality might be poor, such as places close to sources of contamination (motorways, industrial sites) and places containing vulnerable demographic groups (schools, retirement homes). Monitoring the air quality provides you with insight into the local situation and enables you to act in a focused manner to improve the air quality.

With its expertise, ECN can map the local situation for governments, municipalities and companies. In addition, ECN can provide advice on policies and measures aimed at reducing particulate matter emissions and concentrations.

What can ECN do for you?
The ECN Dust Monitoring System with (a network of) AirBox(es) allows you to gain insight into the local air quality in your area and then take measures to improve it.

Would you like to know more?

Airbox brochure
Download AB brochure

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3. Mapping dust emissions at company sites

Fugitive dust is one of the sources of particulate matter. How much fugitive dust is present in an (urban) area? What are these particles? How large and harmful are these particles? If you want to limit the nuisance caused by (particulate) matter at your company site, but have insufficient insight into the effectiveness of your measures, the ECN Dust Monitoring System will provide the solution.

What can ECN do for you?
With the ECN Dust Monitoring System, you can measure air pollution. You will receive online real-time insight into both the dust emissions at your site and the sources of dust in the surrounding area. With this information, you can take focused action to improve the quality of the air, should the need arise.

It is important to realise that this system distinguishes between emissions at company sites and dust sources in the surrounding area. In addition, we can advise companies on how to limit emissions and concentrations of fugitive dust.

Would you like to know more? 

  • You can find more information about this topic in our brochure. This brochure can be downloaded for free.
  • You can also view the presentation on the Dust Monitoring System.

Dust Monitoring System brochure
Download DM brochure

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4. Mapping and controlling the amount of reactive nitrogen in the air

Too much reactive nitrogen (ammonia, nitrous oxide) is detrimental to the growth of vegetation. Is your project under pressure due to excessive nitrous oxide deposition? If so, it is good to know that something can be done about it.

What can ECN do for you?
ECN measures and develops models for the emission, deposition and transport of nitrogen. We also offer advice on how you can improve your project or local situation.

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5. Local measurements of VOC emissions at company sites

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic compounds that can be released when industrial activities are carried out. They are also present in exhaust fumes. As VOCs are detrimental to the environment, their emissions must be reduced to a minimum.

What can ECN do for you?
ECN has mobile equipment that maps the (sources of) VOCs in the air, which enables us to calculate the total emission for companies, together with weather data. If necessary, you can use this data to reduce VOC emissions and make them manageable.

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6. Personal measurement of air quality with CAIRE

CAIRE is a new, personal handheld device for measurement of air quality, based on AirBox-technology developed by ECN.

What can ECN do for you?
With the small CAIRE device people can easily monitor the air quality in the vicinity of their living- or work environment.

You can find more information (in Dutch) on this page about CAIRE.

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More information or questions?

You can read more about our expertise in the field of sustainable living environments in the products and services section.

We will gladly provide you with more information about our solutions in the field of air quality and will gladly contribute ideas. You can contact Bas van Bree, ECN Business Developer, by completing and submitting the contact form. We will then contact you as soon as possible.

You can also watch the explanatory animation on the measurement of greenhouse gases: