Sustainable Solutions 2022 conference took place on December 15-16
For the second year in a row, air pollution issues have brought together environmentalists, scientists, government officials, and business representatives. We brought together experts to discuss how to ensure clean air for Ukraine and implement European approaches to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions!
Every day the air quality is deteriorating due to Russian shelling and missile attacks on critical and civilian infrastructure. However, we are ready for such challenges – this is why we are holding the SustainableSolutions 2022 conference.
The main goal of this year’s conference was to present sustainable solutions and raise the issue of air pollution caused by fires. The main goals also include: discussing global trends in solving the problem of environmental pollution from fires, presenting fire modeling solutions with the calculation of the amount of CO, CO2, NO2, SO2, PM2.5 and PM10 that have entered the atmosphere of Ukraine as a result of landscape (forest, field) fires since February 24, 2022.
In their presentations, the speakers noted that it is much more difficult to study air quality under martial law, as the aggressor causes irreparable damage to the equipment used for monitoring, and it is not always possible to replace it with new equipment.
The participants and audience of the conference learned about:
- atmospheric air monitoring systems in the city of Dnipro and Dnipro region
- means of exchanging available information on the state of atmospheric air
- the best ways to minimize the negative impact of the current state of atmospheric air on the population and the environment
We have gathered all the speeches of international experts in the field of ecology and interesting workshops in one place:
- We started with a plenary report from the first vice-rector of NTU “Dnipro Polytechnic”.
- Next, we heard a presentation on “Environmental consequences of military aggression in Dnipropetrovs’k region and priority areas of environmental restoration” by Iryna Ponikarova, Director of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Regional State Administration.
3. We learned about the peculiarities of monitoring environmental pollution in wartime from Hryhorii Shmatkov, Professor of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Prydniprovia State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Director of the Environmental Audit Center.
4. “The role of automated environmental monitoring during the war and post-war period” – Oleksii Angurets, Deputy Director of the Environmental Monitoring Center of the State Agency for Environmental Protection.
5. Artem Pavlichenko, First Rector of the National Technical University “Dnipro Polytechnic”, spoke about the role of monitoring in the sustainable development strategy of Ukraine
in the current conditions.
6. A presentation on the implementation of the state system of air quality monitoring in the city of Dnipro was made by Oleh Semenko and Iryna Kozlova, Department of Environmental Policy of the Dnipro City Council.
7. Special workshop (Workshop)
Recommendations for the processing and use of monitoring data.
Conducted by Yuriy Buchavyi, Associate Professor of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Technologies, NTU “Dnipro Polytechnic”.
8. The next special workshop was conducted by Olena Matukhno, Associate Professor of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Technologies at the Dnipro Polytechnic National Technical University.
Topic: Implementation of European approaches to greenhouse gas emissions monitoring in Ukraine. Practical cases of monitoring, reporting, and verification of greenhouse gas emissions.
9.Special master class by YourAirTest developer “YourAirTest mobile app, how to understand that everything is fine with the air?”
1. Welcome speech and overview of the concepts.
Marcela Černocová, coordinator of the international program “Clean Air for Ukraine”, NGO Arnika, Czech Republic. International public and academic cooperation for sustainable development of Ukraine.
2. Maksym Soroka, coordinator of the Dovkola network, expert of the Clean Air for Ukraine program, associate professor at USUCT, spoke about the Ukrainian Air Quality Index: principles and algorithms for public notification.
3. Oleksiy Trelevsky, coordinator of the Ukrainian network of public monitoring of air quality EcoCity, master student of IFUNG, opened the topic “Sitizen science” and told us about the tools for monitoring radiation and chemical hazards.
- The express model for estimating the level of radioactive pollution of atmospheric air in an extreme situation at a nuclear power plant.
Bluss Borys, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Polyakov Institute of Geotechnical Mechanics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Bilyaev Mykola, Doctor of Engineering, Professor, Department of Hydraulics and Water Supply, Ukrainian State University of Science and Technology.
Rusakova Tetiana, Doctor of Engineering, Professor, Professor of the Department of Life Safety, Oles Honchar Dnipro National University.
5.We heard about the hygienic aspects of air quality assessment in Ukraine from the following speakers:Olena Turos, Deputy Director for Scientific and Practical Work, Head of the Air Quality Laboratory of the State Institution “Marzeev Institute of Public Health of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”
Arina Petrosyan, Leading Researcher at the Air Quality Laboratory.
Tetyana Maremukha, Senior Researcher at the Air Quality Laboratory
The results of comparative analyzes have shown that military operations have significantly affected and continue to affect the state of the atmospheric air.
Sokolov Anton, University of Littoral Cote d’Opale, Laboratory for Physico-Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Dunkerque, France.
7. We heard about WildfiresUA, a system for forecasting/assessing regional atmospheric pollution from landscape (natural and planned) fires in Ukraine, from Oleh Skrynyk, PhD in Physics and Mathematics, with Dmytro Oshurok, PhD in Geography, reporting on the topic.
8. A special master class on “How to use public environmental monitoring networks to counter hostile IPSOs” by Maksym Soroka, coordinator of the “Kovkola” network, expert of the international program “Clean Air for Ukraine”
9. Special evening master class on the topic:
“Assessment of the risk to public health caused by air pollution from industrial and motor vehicle emissions”
We held a master class for our participants:
Arina Petrosyan, Leading Researcher at the Air Quality Laboratory.
Tetiana Maremukha, Senior Researcher at the Air Quality Laboratory.
10. “Special evening master class. Topic: “Fires of Ukraine”.
Our Yourairtest project was also presented at the conference. As part of the conference, our developers Yegor Zagniy and Danylo Boldyrev held a master class on developing a system for detecting fires in Ukraine.
We thank all participants, organizers and spectators!