Multi-stakeholder dialogue on air pollution interdependencies Workshop report


Air pollution in Sofia has long been a problem and despite recent positive developments, the city is still struggling to overcome this complex challenge. Air quality measures are interrelated and finding out how they affect each other will help optimize them faster.

In this regard, on November 12, 2020, the INNOAIR team launched its multi-stakeholder dialogue on air pollution interdependencies. Nearly 100 stakeholders from universities and research institutes, community organizations, city administration, NGOs, national agencies, businesses and investors, took part in an online dialogue event and engaged in a conversation about the future. Diverse perspectives were voiced pointing to various interdependencies: the more precise and timely feedback the city provides on the effect of its policies, the stronger the citizen commitment; the less measures for support of the energy poor, the more air pollution from old cars and household burning; the less air pollution, the bigger biodiversity; the newer the urban district, the more pollution from construction and underdeveloped infrastructure, to name a few.

You may find more information about the air pollution interdependencies in Sofia, as well as conclusions and recommendations, in the full report from the online dialogue HERE.

INNOAIR is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.