EU Life Project CMA+ Information

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30th September - 1st October 2010

Lienz, Tyrol, Austria

Congress with four topics, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, practical demonstrations at outside locations, vehicle presentation, debate

Target group:
Mayoresses and mayors, heads of environment departments, heads of urban enterprises, road maintenance depots, winter service units, heads of political departments, provincial government employees, air quality monitoring, specialist manufacturers of winter service and road maintenance vehicles etc..

Winter service and the de-icers and grit used in particular have a considerable influence on local air hygiene. Initial findings on the effects of winter service and the pollution of the air we breathe through particulates resulting from the agitation of street dust show that a marked reduction of approximately 30 % (based on daily average) can be achieved when substances which bind fine particle matter (calcium magnesium acetate) are utilised in a dynamic winter service.

The city of Klagenfurt, the towns of Lienz (Austria) and Brunico/Bruneck (South Tyrol, Italy) have been involved since 2009 in the EU Life Project CMA+ sponsored by the European Commission and, on specially selected test stretches of road, have been monitoring and evaluating the effects of using liquid calcium magnesium acetate as a particulate binder. In addition, the complementary aspects of road safety, de-icing effectiveness and environmental issues are being checked and documented. The objective of this ambitious project is to gather reliable information as to the collective effects of amount spread, timing, frequency and gritting method in connection with weather and air quality data in order to draw conclusions for potential improvements for winter service and air hygiene. From the results and empirical experience gathered in the CMA+ pilot project a manual is going to be compiled for use in communal practice and aimed at reducing fine particle matter on heavily frequented thoroughfares.