National Policy of Air Quality
IEMA participated in the public hearing at the Chamber of Deputies to debate Bill 10521/18, which establishes the National Policy of Air Quality and creates the National System for Information of Air Quality. At the time, in September, it showed how the so-called inventories of polluting emissions, the monitoring, and the standards of the air quality are essential tools for an efficient management of the air quality. The Bill should provide financing, penalties, and competences for these tools to operate appropriately.
That Bill introduced the possibility of uniting the regulations that govern the management of the air quality in Brazil, which are currently scattered in several laws and resolutions. Even so, the text can be improved by: indicating the sources of funds for the implementation of public actions; applying sanctions in the case of non-compliance with the law; including the tools and actions already established in the current resolutions of the National Council of the Environment (CONAMA), and in laws such as on zoning, licensing, urban mobility, and energy, among others.
Also involved in the debate were representatives from the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (CETESB), the National Association of Manufacturers of Automotive Vehicles (Anfavea), the Institute for Health and Sustainability (ISS), the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT), and the Alana Institute. The discussions between these different actors were aimed at a policy of air quality that is more efficient and appropriate to the Brazilian reality. The hearing is available in full on video, here.