The EMAQ+ Air Quality module provides training and technical guidance for Air Quality Management professionals who have
responsibilities, under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 and related regulations, to monitor ambient concentrations of
air pollutants, review air quality, assess whether remedial action is required, designate air quality management areas,
put in place actions plans, and provide air quality information to the public. The range of materials offered under the
Air Quality Module caters for operational level staff that are new to the area and for more experienced officers who wish
to update and extend their knowledge of the subject.
The EMAQ+ Air Quality module covers such topics as:
- The fundamentals of air quality review and assessment, the use of dispersion modelling, and updating air quality assessments;
- Good practice for monitoring air pollutants and for data analysis;
- Declaring air quality management areas and action planning;
- Managing the influence of transport on air quality via the planning process;
- Integration of air quality management with climate change policies.
By attending seminars LA professionals can build their confidence in their ability to implement the Air Quality regulations,
participate effectively in the planning process, and contribute in local initiatives to combat climate change or mitigate its
effects etc. The training, in a formal classroom environment, provides an overview of the legal, scientific, and technical aspects
of the management of air quality; provide opportunities to work with expert trainers on realistic practical exercises, ask questions,
and network with colleagues undertaking similar work in other local authorities. The EMAQ+ web based technical guidance,
based on seminar material, is a readily accessible permanent resource that explains and illustrates the more important aspects
of air quality management.
At entry level - the IAQM accredited Essentials of LAQM Course
provides a vehicle for personal development and allows a Local Authority to demonstrate how they have invested in strengthening their infrastructure for delivering; certificated individuals and their sponsoring authority
are listed on the public pages of the EMAQ website.
Advanced training seminars are geared to more experienced officers who have attended the Essentials of LAQM Course or have an equivalent knowledge and experience.