CEA designs clean air project
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has designed an integrated
air quality management project, "Blue Sky 2020", to ensure clean air for
the next generation, CEA Chairman Charitha Herath told the Daily News
He said that the project would be launched by the end of this year.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the treasury to make a special
financial allocation of Rs 120 million for the project.
The project's objective is to manage the ambient air quality of the
country. Sri Lanka is placed on level one in the WHO air pollution
rankings. Through this project, it is expected to reach WHO interim
target three by 2020.
The air pollution triggered by the transport sector is expected to be
doubled by 2020, making the target of "Blue Sky 2020" a challenging
The transport sector accounts for more than half of the emission
percentage with power plants and industries taking the second and third
Among vehicles, three wheelers and motor cycles are the worst air
polluters. About 500,000 vehicles were newly registered last year.
According to the present trend, a 10 percent increase is expected in the
vehicle fleet annually. Statistics have revealed that 65 percent of
urban air pollution has been caused by vehicle emissions.
The chairman also said that the Vehicle Emission Test programme would
also be monitored under the project with the coordination of the Motor
Traffic Department and Measurement Units, Standards and Services
Department. He said that spot raids and auditing of VET centres would be
carried out to overcome shortcomings of the programme.
He said air pollution hot spots would be identified and an air
quality monitoring network would be established covering major cities
with Air Quality Display Boards to make the public aware of the air