Workshop: Air Quality - Please click here for full programme

Location: Stadhuis, Coolsingel 40, Rotterdam
Date: Mon, November 27
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Air Quality


Poor air quality is one of the most important environmental factors influencing health of our citizens living in urban areas. Air quality is a complex issue requiring pollutants and sources control at EU level and effective implementation at national and local level. It requires coordinated efforts at national, regional and local level. 

In this workshop you will visit the Theatre Square. The theatres surrounding it have taken the initiative to turn the square into a healthy and livable landmark. During the tour you will learn about the successes and pittfalls encountered by the project team.

After lunch we will have three presentations from different cities (London, Eindhoven, Rotterdam) touching on the impact of traffic and traffic emissions on air quality and the options for cities to reduce the impact from traffic.

The second part of the day will be focussed on the action plan delivered by the partnership. Six actions to improve the legislative, knowledge and financial base for a healthy air quality in cities. You will be invited to reflect on the actions and take an active role in achieving results through these actions

For more information about the Urban Agenda, please click here

For more information on the Air Quality Partnership, please click here 

Draft programme

10:30 – 11:00   Registration and coffee/tea at the City Hall Rotterdam

11:00 – 11:15  Walk to site visit Schouwburg

11:15 – 11:30   Welcome

11:30 – 12:15   Site visit – Rotterdam Theater

12:15 – 12:30   Walk back to the City Hall

12:30 -13:00 Lunch

Presentation of the Retrofit Prize

13:00 – 14:10   Examples of Air Quality measures

13:00 – 13:20   Air Quality policy in Rotterdam

13:20 – 13:40   Air Quality policy in London

13:40 – 14:00   Vanishing traffic in Eindhoven

14:00 – 14:10   Presentation by the Partnership on Urban Mobility

14:10-16:00   Panel session: action plan of the Air Quality partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU

Discussion question 1: feedback on findings and action

Discussion question 2: how do you want to be involved

14:10 – 14:20   Introduction

14:20 – 14:40   Identification of gaps in regulation and implementation on air pollutant emission sources

14:40 – 15:00   Better air quality planning (governance)

15:00 – 15:10   Coffee/tea break

15:10 – 15:15   Better targeted funding for air quality

15:15 – 15:20   Better focus on the protection and on the improvement of citizens’ health

15:20 – 15:25   Awareness raising and knowledge sharing

15:25 – 15:30   Outreach

15:30 – 16:00   General discussion, Q&A and conclusions

16:00   End of workshop / Transport to the SS Rotterdam


Stadhuis, Coolsingel 40, Rotterdam

Background information on Air Quality

Members of the Partnership

  • Cities: Constanta, Helsinki/HSY, London, Milano, Utrecht;
  • Member States: The Netherlands (Coordinator), Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland;
  • Stakeholders: Consortium Clean Air Ruhr Area (represented by the city of Duisburg), EUROCITIES, URBACT, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL);

Please click here to access the background paper