UNDP Kuwait and KEPA host workshop to improve air quality and air management

24 Sep 2013

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KUWAIT CITY, 24 September 2013 (UNDP Kuwait) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will host a workshop with the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA) and local industry as part of the Kuwait Integrated Environmental Management (KIEM) project to improve air quality and air management within the State of Kuwait.

In the first phase of the KIEM project, regulations related to air quality were amended and established the requirement of a Kuwait Implementation Plan (KIP). As part of the KIP, a web-based, enterprise level, Air Quality Management Information System (AQMIS) will be implemented for KEPA to serve as a central depository for a Nation Air Emissions Inventory, provide a country-wide air modeling capability, and initiate a source permit and monitoring program.

The AQMIS will incorporate sources and emissions from all sectors of industry, government, oil and gas, mobile and smaller area sources in order to run air models affecting the management of air resources within the entire country and compile annual reports of released pollutants. The AQMIS will allow individual sources to understand how emissions affect air quality in different sensitive areas based on atmospheric conditions and in relation to other sources. In addition, the AQMIS will allow better air quality predictions that can be used to assist planning and operational performance.

This workshop will focus on the achievements of the KIEM project as well as the capabilities of AQMIS to assist KEPA in air quality management in the State of Kuwait. Stakeholders from industry, government ministries, and the oil and gas sector will be attending along with KEPA and other regulatory agencies. The workshop will not only introduce the capabilities of the AQMIS and how it will complement existing KEPA resources, it will also highlight the roles and achievements of leading industries in terms of Air Quality Management.

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