Belgium - Particle pollution

PM2.5 air pollution, mean annual exposure (micrograms per cubic meter)

The value for PM2.5 air pollution, mean annual exposure (micrograms per cubic meter) in Belgium was 15.64 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 25 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 19.85 in 1990 and a minimum value of 15.64 in 2015.

Definition: Population-weighted exposure to ambient PM2.5 pollution is defined as the average level of exposure of a nation's population to concentrations of suspended particles measuring less than 2.5 microns in aerodynamic diameter, which are capable of penetrating deep into the respiratory tract and causing severe health damage. Exposure is calculated by weighting mean annual concentrations of PM2.5 by population in both urban and rural areas.

Source: Brauer, M. et al. 2016, for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.

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Year Value
1990 19.85
1995 18.14
2000 16.87
2005 16.28
2010 16.32
2011 16.31
2012 15.90
2013 15.90
2014 15.78
2015 15.64

PM2.5 air pollution, population exposed to levels exceeding WHO guideline value (% of total)

PM2.5 air pollution, population exposed to levels exceeding WHO guideline value (% of total) in Belgium was 100.00 as of 2015. Its highest value over the past 25 years was 100.00 in 2015, while its lowest value was 100.00 in 1990.

Definition: Percent of population exposed to ambient concentrations of PM2.5 that exceed the WHO guideline value is defined as the portion of a country’s population living in places where mean annual concentrations of PM2.5 are greater than 10 micrograms per cubic meter, the guideline value recommended by the World Health Organization as the lower end of the range of concentrations over which adverse health effects due to PM2.5 exposure have been observed.

Source: Brauer, M. et al. 2016, for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.

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Year Value
1990 100.00
1995 100.00
2000 100.00
2005 100.00
2010 100.00
2011 100.00
2012 100.00
2013 100.00
2014 100.00
2015 100.00

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Emissions