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Resolution of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi No. 2 of 2024 regarding the air quality system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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This Resolution, consisting of 15 articles, aims to: (i) protect the environment; (ii) enhance ambient air quality; (iii) reduce air pollutants from stationary and mobile sources; and (iv) regulate noise levels within permissible limits across the Emirate. All projects and businesses in Abu Dhabi must comply with the air quality system s regulations and obtain an environmental license from the EAD to safeguard the surrounding air (Article 3). Article 4 mandates that the EAD oversee and assess air quality using environmental monitoring networks and periodic sampling to ensure pollutant levels remain within prescribed limits, while also evaluating the performance of air quality monitoring stations. Article 5 outlines the EAD's responsibilities for managing ambient air quality standards, including setting maximum pollutant concentration limits in coordination with relevant authorities and developing preventive measures and response plans for natural sources of pollution. Article 6 details the agency's role in controlling emissions from stationary sources by setting standards and requiring continuous emissions monitoring systems, and allows owners to apply for temporary permits to exceed noise or pollutant limits under specific conditions. Article 7 focuses on noise level monitoring and evaluation, with the EAD coordinating with authorities to ensure compliance with noise limits and managing a database for air quality, noise, and emissions (Article 8). Article 10 highlights the EAD's role in fostering innovation through new technologies and initiatives to reduce emissions, improve air quality, and develop environmental incentive programs. Additionally, Article 11 specifies the EAD's role in raising awareness and educating the public about the environmental impacts of air and noise pollution through coordinated education and awareness programs with relevant authorities.
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This Resolution enters into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
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- (2) 2024