EMEP Strategies

The Revised Strategy for EMEP 2010-2019

The Revised Strategy for EMEP 2010-2019 was adopted by the Executive Body in December 2012 to serve the work under the Convention better, following the adoption of the Long-term strategy for the Convention and the Action Plan for its implementation.

As set out in the strategy EMEP will continue to represent the main science-based and policy-driven instrument for international cooperation in atmospheric monitoring and modelling, emission inventories and projections, and integrated assessment to help solve transboundary air pollution problems in Europe. 

In order to achieve its mission, EMEP builds on and seeks to develop, maintain and implement methods and tools that support the achievement of goals in the following areas: 

(a) Science: EMEP establishes sound scientific evidence and provides guidance to underpin, develop and evaluate environmental policies; 

(b) Partnership: EMEP fosters international partnership to find solutions to environmental problems; 

(c) Openness: EMEP encourages the open use of intellectual resources and products; 

(d) Sharing: EMEP is transparent and shares information and expertise with research programmes, expert institutions, national and international organizations, and environmental agreements; 

(e) Organization: EMEP is organized to integrate information on emissions, environmental quality, effects and abatement options, and to provide the basis for solutions; 

(f) Leadership: EMEP supports the Convention in providing leadership in environmental policymaking at the European level, as well as nationally and globally.

The EMEP Monitoring Strategy 2020-2029

The EMEP Monitoring Strategy 2020-2029 was developed by the EMEP centers in close cooperation with the Parties through the Task Force on Measurements and Modelling. The Executive Body approved the document in December 2019 (Decision 2019/1). The monitoring strategy for 2020–2029 consolidates the established approaches and aspirations for monitoring activities in order to provide consistent and adequate observational data supporting the EMEP objectives. Furthermore, it introduces some minor changes to the specific requirements in order to meet the needs of EMEP for the coming decade.

Fundamental objectives of EMEP monitoring are to ensure:

(a) Adequate ongoing long-term monitoring of concentrations and deposition fluxes to assess exposure and impacts on health, ecosystems, vegetation, materials and climate;

(b) Adequate spatial coverage in the geographical domain of EMEP and improved access to information from areas that have been insufficiently covered up to now;

(c) Sufficient temporal resolution to enable investigation of atmospheric processes driving transport and transformation of pollution, to guide model improvements and to enable the analysis of individual pollution events;

(d) Co-located and concurrent monitoring of the relevant atmospheric variables, the adoption and use of standardized methodologies, and adequate quality assurance procedures;

(e) A level of ambition that is affordable for all Parties, while also taking advantage of scientific developments and emerging capabilities.