The initiative aims to continue to grow in the near future with more new memberships from public and private actors

The Air Quality Observatory promoted by Repsol in collaboration with the Association of Chemical Businesses of Tarragona and coordinated by Institut Cerdà, expanded its membership this week to include the Tarragona Chamber of Commerce following the signing of the letter of accession, a necessary requirement to be able to form part of the Advisory Board of the Observatory, by the Chamber’s Executive Committee.

The institutions and organisations that participate in the Observatory have access to all the information validated by the Expert Advisory Board and the Observatory’s Steering Committee on the methodologies, scope, and results of the analysis of air quality. Membership also makes it possible to propose new challenges, scope for improvement and new activities within the framework of the Observatory.

The Observatory aims to continue growing in the near future, with new additions of different local agents, both public and private, in order to become an increasingly representative and plural forum where the different parties involved share information, data, concerns. and establish synergies and joint projects that contribute to improving air quality management in the Camp de Tarragona area.

In recent weeks, various local councils have requested the necessary documentation to start the procedures for joining the Observatory and be part of an experience of knowledge and environmental management that is unique in Europe.

The Observatory monitors the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) of the municipalities around the Camp de Tarragona petrochemical industrial estates on an annual basis, using an efficient, effective and internationally validated methodology, led by the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and Eurecat. This monitoring process, which began in 2018, feeds into an Observatory report which includes all the measurement data collected by the URV, in addition to the information and analysis necessary for its interpretation. The report also presents the challenges and objectives, that are shared by both the chemical industry and local organisations, that aim to continue improving air quality management locally.

All the actions included in the development and consolidation of the Observatory are carried out with the knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya which is the driving force behind the Camp de Tarragona Air Quality Observatory.