1st Latin American Conference on nanoparticle emissions

The 1st Latin American Conference on nanoparticle emissions from internal combustion engines was held from 15 to 17 October in Mexico City. The organization was in charge of the Secretariat of the Environment of the Government of Mexico City (SEDEMA), an effort supported by the Program Climate and Clean Air in Latin American Cities - Plus (CALAC+).

The objective of the Conference was to improve knowledge about pollution and impacts on human health caused by these emission sources, in addition to sharing experiences from Europe, North America and Latin America about the technologies used for the control and reduction of nanoparticle emissions, the standards and public policies for their control and finally show the progress in Santiago de Chile, Lima, Mexico City and Bogota on these issues.

The first two days were dedicated to exhibitions and exchanges of information between experts, researchers, businessmen and policy makers, who have highlighted the need to continue creating discussion spaces that contribute to generate healthier cities. During the third day of the event a field visit was made to a Vehicle Verification Center (Verificentro) where it was possible to observe in practice the measurements of particulate matter that today are made to engines in Mexico City.

Finally, there was a meeting of authorities from the four CALAC+ countries to jointly coordinate a roadmap with concrete actions to address the challenges posed by emissions of polluting nanoparticles. As a result of the meeting, it was decided to create a "Technical Working Group" among the four countries in which the technical proposal on equipment, measurement and calibration protocols and emission limits will be elaborated.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation - SDC finances CALAC+ which is implemented by Swisscontact with the aim of strengthening the capacities of civil servants, so that the cities of the program are healthier and more sustainable, by promoting a shift to urban buses and off-road machinery free of soot and low carbon emissions.