Air Quality Management in Tallinn, Estonia
A Project Presentation
Estonian-Swedish Co-operation on
Air Quality Management in
A short description of the background to the Project
and what has been achieved
Please note that this
information is a bit outdated
since the project is since long finished.
Some of the external
links might not be available any more.
Sampler Measurement Campaign 1996 -- 1998
The accomplishment of the second phase
Diffusive Sampler Measurement
Campaign 2000 -- 2002
Examples of reports
from the project
Internet Based Air Quality Information System
and the very interesting and
encouraging spin-off project
project is originally based on the twin-city relation in the area of
environmental protection between
the City of Göteborg, Sweden,
and the City of
started a in the late 80's.
co-operation was mainly focused on the exchange of experience concerning issues
like ambient air monitoring techniques and traffic planning. An exchange of
experience on the political decision-making level was started. After some years
it was realized that there was a need to give a more concrete form to the
first phase of the Air Quality Management Project in Tallinn was formally
started in 1994 and was financed in co-operation between the
Tallinn Environmental Board and
Sida (former BITS).
idea was not to focus only on the technical matters, but also how to integrate
environmental protection aspects in general and Air Quality Management aspects
in particular in the daily work for different organizations and decision-makers
from different organizations were involved from the Swedish as well as the
Estonian side. For various reasons, the formal contractual party on the Swedish
side was chosen to be
first phase of the project was finalized in April 1999.
Final Report from Phase 1 is found here (pdf format
important part of the first phase was the
comprehensive measurement campaigns carried out using Diffusive Samplers.
The on-line report can be viewed by
clicking here or
as a pdf file (921 kb).
lengthy discussion between the City of Tallinn and Sida, Sida decided in June
1998 to partly finance a second phase of the project.
The second phase should be the confirmation of the first phase in terms of
applications and practical use.
following listing includes
a short description of the various items completed.
establishment of an Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network, which
provides data from existing and possible enhancements of the monitoring
network to the Central Computerized Air Quality Information System (the
Data from four ambient air quality monitoring stations are
being transferred to the Airviro System on a regular (hourly) basis.
enhancement of the functions of the Central Computerized Air Quality
Information System (the Airviro System) to also be able to handle Heavy
production of regular Ambient Air Quality Monitoring reports.
Monthly reports are being produced and distributed to
various end-users. Please also refer to the
Internet part below.
production of Environmental Impact Assessment Studies (EIA) on demand or
on the Environmental Department's own initiative regarding infrastructural
projects and activities in Tallinn. The Environmental Department has produced a large amount of
small and large studies for various users. The Department has practically
been working as a consultancy company within the City Government
and also for
Please also refer to the
Examples of Reports
development of the co-operation with the City Planning Department in
terms of Environmental Impact Assessment Studies.
The Environmental Department has produced a large amount of
large and small
studies for the City Government. Encouragingly enough the
Environmental Department has been asked to get involved at an early stage in
various infrastructure development projects.
establishment of an Internet Based Air Quality Information System,
which will provide information from the Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
Network and also about the content and results of Air Quality Management
Project. The Environmental Department has developed an on-line web
side for Air Quality Management. The site includes real time data from the
ambient air quality monitoring and meteorological stations as well as
reports of different kinds.
The main site can
be found at
Unfortunately the site is until now only available in Estonian
due to the comprehensive amount of work to keep parallel sites in different
establishment of a basic co-operation between the political decision-making
levels in Tallinn and Göteborg in terms of regular meetings and
exchange of experience.
The experience and knowledge exchange with the City of Göteborg
has mainly been accomplished via study visits to Göteborg focusing in
technical matters. Due to decreasing political interest and a tight budget
situation in the City of Göteborg, the exchange on the political level has
Examples of Reports
The use of the project, the experience and knowledge exchange, and installed
software and hardware is manifested in various ways. Numerous reports have been
produced in various fields of Air Quality Management for clients like the City
Government (City Planning Department), external customers (industries and other
private entities needing services and support), consultancy companies who are
lacking the specific knowledge in these fields, etc.
Two reports are being presented here. They are representative for the type of
work accomplished as a part of the project.:
- Simulation of the traffic situation in Tallinn.
A report in English.
Lennujaamast väljuvate-maanduvate lennukite õhusaaste hajumisarvutused Ülemiste
järve suunal. A report in Estonian. (Although it might be difficult for
most visitors to this site to understand the detailed content, it is still
possible to get a good picture of the type of work being done.)
of Diffusive Samplers during the Second Phase
The use of Diffusive Samplers was
continued also during the second phase. The results show that the general levels
of ambient air pollution in Tallinn are below the guidelines, but some
exceptions are found.
The full report from the use of Passive Samplers during the second phase is found here
of the Second Phase
The second phase was accomplished in December 2002. The
results are in line with the ambitions.
The Final Report
from the Second Phase is found here (pdf format 59 kb)
Enhancement into a nationwide Air
Quality Management System under the EU Phare Programme
A long discussion has been ongoing if Tallinn and Estonia would
be able benefit from a EU (Phare Programme) financed
project within the area of Air Quality Management that would cover the whole of
Estonia. The long discussed project is practically mostly based on the
successful work and accomplishments under
this Sida financed project.
Finally, in May 2004, the EU Commission Phare
Programme decided to issue a tender for the
“Supply and Technical Assistance contract for procurement of Air Quality
(Identification number: EuropeAid/114968/D/S/EE).
A group of companies under the formal authority by SMHI was
awarded the contract for this project in December 2004.
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For further information, please refer to the persons below:
Tallinn City Government
Sustainable Development and Planning Department
Harju Street 13
EE - 10130 Tallinn
Tel: +372 640
Fax: +372 640 4583
SE - 105 25 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 698 5000
Fax: +46 8 208864
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