Madrid City Council

Madrid’s Air Quality Plan 2011‐2015 is a key document from the Council as part of its strategy to consolidate and strengthen the process of transforming the city from a conventional model into a sustainable urban model.
If Madrid has been able to make the profound socio-economic change required to become one of the most dynamic cities in Europe over the last decade, this has largely been made possible by its ability to implement environmental considerations into its development model. Among these considerations, those concerning an item as vital as air quality have been a priority. This has enabled the essential need for sustainability to be made a reality in Madrid, by breaking the link between socio-economic growth and air pollution. True to its tradition of being on the cutting edge in the fight against air pollution, the City of Madrid aspires to meet current objectives concerning air quality, in order to offer its residents ongoing improvement in their quality of life. To that effect, Madrid’s Air Quality Plan 2011‐2015 has been conceived not simply to consolidate progress already made, but especially to meet the specific quality objectives of current legislation for all pollutants, within the planned timeframes.

The Plan consists of 70 measures, 42 for the package of measures aimed at reducing traffic emissions, the main issuing sector. These measures are not based solely on technological solutions, but also address aspects of a structural nature in a very relevant way. Within the actions of technical improvement of conservation of the road, it includes the measure No. 38 called “Impulse of the Sustainable Paving” where this research project is framed. This measure pursues the study of these solutions in relation to their actual effect of air decontamination under various environmental conditions and other possible effects.



The municipality of Madrid covers an area of approximately 70,000 hectares and approximately 4,500 km of streets and roads, which means that the paved surface of the city is close to 5,000 hectares, with an approximate distribution of 60% of the road and 40% of sidewalks. The City Council of Madrid has seen in depolluting pavements an opportunity to contribute to the reduction of air pollution by nitrogen oxides. For this reason, the City Council of Madrid has been studying and following the evolution of photocatalytic materials, in the various techniques developed for its use in paving roads and sidewalks, since these techniques can be beneficial for the air quality of Our city.

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