Financial contribution by the Community, for the year 2009, towards a two-year long pilot project in the field of air quality in schools 2009-2009 AIR QUALITY Closed!


The budget authority has provided the Commission with an appropriation to fund a pilot project which aims to expand our knowledge on the indoor air quality of schools and childcare settings.

Indoor air quality has been in the past given less attention in terms of research than outdoor air quality, even if research in the latter area is applicable to indoor air in some cases. Also, there is already a comprehensive framework of legislation concerning outdoor air, whereas indoor air regulation is made up of scattered initiatives and pieces of legislation. Indoor air quality in schools has furthermore been much less studied than indoor air quality in other indoor environments. As about 20 % of the population of the EU spends a long period of time each day in schools and incidences of asthma and other respiratory diseases are growing rapidly in Europe, especially for children, the project is intended to:
  • Identify and analyse indoor air problems in schools, focusing on ventilation, building construction, maintenance and cleaning.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate ventilation to reduce ambient air pollution in schools settings.
  • Assess the impact of the changing climate (increased frequency of heat waves, cold waves and ambient air pollutants) in schools on children’s health.
  • Assess the impacts of outdoor air pollution abatement measures, including measures taken in the short term, on indoor air quality in schools and on the children’s exposure in school environments.
  • Provide appropriate recommendations to tackle indoor air quality problems within school environments.


  • Carry out indoor measurements in schools, in order to produce new data on concentrations of key indoor pollutants in schools.
  • Assess the association of transport (traffic) and the impact of climate change on school environments.
  • Assess the health effects of exposure to indoor air pollutants in children and make recommendations for preventing and reducing respiratory diseases by improving the quality of school environments and by other related measures.
  • Make a systematic source apportionment of indoor air pollutants in school environments in quantitative terms.
  • Identification of the main sources would help their mitigation. In this context, enhancing our understanding of chemical emissions from consumer products and building materials is a priority.
  • Study the mechanisms of chemical and biochemical interaction in the indoor air mixtures typically found in schools and in different geographical latitudes and develop the methodology to better inform the health risk assessment process as to the effect of such interactions on final health risk
  • Based on the above, develop European guidelines for healthy European schools.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 4,00 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2009)

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