ABOUT US

The Air-quality Initiative of Regions (AIR) is an european network founded in 2011 who represents 13 regions from 7 EU Member States :

UNITED KINGDOM

Greater London

BELGIUM

Vlaanderen

NEDERLAND

Randstad

 

SPAIN

Catalunya

Comunidad de Madrid

AUSTRIA

Steiermark

ITALY

Emilia-Romagna

Lombardia

Piemonte

Veneto

 

GERMANY

Baden-Württemberg

Hessen

North Rhine-Westphalia

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BLUE BANANA

Blue_BananaThe Blue Banana is a discontinuous corridor of urbanisation in Western Europe. It stretches approximately from England, in the north, to Northern Italy, in the south. Measuring 1,500 – 1,700 kilometers between its northwestern and southeastern termini, the Blue Banana is home to between 90 and 110 million people. That spatial concept described the until then nameless megalopolis straddling the European continent, stretching from the industrial cities in England to their counterparts in the northern part of Italy, also including densely populated, highly industrialised areas in other Countries. It is considered the true Heart of Europe according to Roger Brunet, the French geographer who in 1989 revealed the existence of the Blue Banana.

As you may see, most of the regions componing the AIR group are situated in the blue banana’s area. As a matter of fact the AIR regions together represent 23% of EU GDP and 19% of the EU’s population (around 95 millions inhabitants).

The purpose of the AIR group is to exchange best practices and to contribute to the Air Quality Directive’s revisio process.

AIR emphasises that:

  • The revised Directive shall include a degree of flexibility that allows the specific characteristics of our Regions to be taken into account;
  • EU shall recognise regional emission reduction measures;
  • Eu instruments shall futher assist Region in their efforts to improve air quality;
  • The EU shall take source-based measures when tackling air quality problems (e.g. Euro standards, realistic test cycles, tyre and brake wear, building, industry, clean fuel);
  • It is necessary to promote a better integration between EU policies affecting air quality as well as policies at European, national, regional and local level.

AIR commit to:

  • Share information about best practices, scientific research result, and possibily take collaborative action;
  • Work together on a position paper aiming to contribute to the wide European debate which ghas started on the Air Quality issues;
  • Feed the specific regional prespectives in the Air Quality Directive’s review by proactively working with all European Institutions involved in the revision process.

Take a look of the Regional Best Practice of the AIR group.

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