What do we see?
As the table below shows, there is a big difference between the figures published by the European Union and those published by the WHO. The differences can be explained by the varying limit values that both use.
Based on the European Union figures, we could conclude that no significant health problems are being caused. However, the WHO figures show that the majority of the population will or already have faced health problems due to the emission of particulate matter.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, we aim not only for a more limited use of new materials, but also for a reduction in emissions. In Flanders, the majority of particulate matter emissions come from heating buildings. In particular, the use of biomass for heating, such as firewood, causes greater emissions of particulate matter. By choosing more efficient heating systems, we can reduce these emissions.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator measures how many people are affected by the emission of particulate matter. The data comes from the Flemish Environment Agency (VMM).