Clean Air Conference 2015


The Department of Environment Community and Local Government (DECLG) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a Clean Air Conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the “smoky coal” ban in Dublin.

Attendees at the conference heard from national and international experts in air quality. The present and future challenges of improving air quality were discussed as well as policies to deal with air pollution on local, regional and global scales.

The event was aimed at:
Policy makers/advisers
Public officials including local authorities
NGOs, including environmental and industry organisations
Research Community

Presentations are now available to view on SlideShare via the following links:

Cleaner Energy, Cleaner Air - Dr Eimear Cotter

Critical loads and ecosystem impacts of air pollutants - Prof Julian Aherne

Hemispheric Transboundary & Regional Air Pollution - Prof Colin O'Dowd

Food Wise 2025 and Agricultural Emissions - Mr John Muldowney

Airborne particles from wood burning in the UK - Dr Gary Fuller

Solid Fuel Regulations and the on-going challenge to clean air - Mr Martin Fitzpatrick

Smarter Travel and Clean Air Benefits - Mr Martin Diskin

Air Quality - The National Picture - Mr Pat Kenny

Modelling the costs and benefits of clean air policy scenarios for residential heating - Dr Andrew Kelly

US Six Cities and Relevant for Clean Air Policy in Ireland - Prof Doug Dockery

Urban and Rural Sources of Particulate Matter - Prof John Wenger

Air Pollution and Health - Evidence, Impacts and Policy Options - Dr Carlos Dora

The Public Health Benefits of the Smokey Coal Ban - and today's challenges - Prof Luke Clancy

Event Time: 9am-5pm

Event Date: 28 September 2015

Location: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council

The Clean Air Conference 2015 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Smoky Coal Ban in Dublin.

The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel (or ‘smoky coal ban’) was first introduced in Dublin in 1990 in response to severe episodes of winter smog that resulted from the widespread use of smoky coal for residential heating. The ban proved effective in reducing smoke and sulphur dioxide levels and was subsequently extended to other areas.

The ban now applies in twenty five cities and towns. Air quality monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shown levels of particulate matter (PM10) are lower in these areas than in towns where the ban does not apply.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised that there is no safe level of air pollution and attendees at the conference will hear from national and International experts in Air Quality. The present and future challenges of improving air quality will be discussed as well polices to deal with air pollution on local, regional and global scale.