Operational Plan: 2009
The objective of this project is to provide a more complete North American picture of air quality and air emissions to support decision-making on air quality management. The 2010 project activities bring to completion some key tasks from the CEC 2009 Operational Plan associated with the update of the Mexican National Emissions Inventory, the publication of the North American Power Plants Emissions Report, and continue activities aimed at integrating North American ambient air monitoring network data and information under the AIRNow-International system, and provide the opportunity to assess the work to date and any future activity that may follow from the CEC’s new 2010–2015 Strategic Plan.
In 2001, under Resolution 01-05, the CEC Council agreed to work towards promoting comparability of air emissions inventory information in North America. Since then, the CEC has pursued two goals in this regard:
The CEC carried out extensive work in 2003–2004 promoting the development of North American air emissions inventories, supporting Mexico’s first national air emissions inventory in a manner that directly aids transborder air quality planning, as well as meeting Mexico’s planning needs. The first Mexican National Emissions Inventory (MNEI) was completed in October 2006, and included emissions of criteria air pollutants for the year 1999.
In 2007, the Parties charged the North American Air Working Group (NAAWG) to work with the Secretariat to review the current air quality work and to formulate a comprehensive vision for enhancing North American Air Quality Management for 2010–2015. The Council directed the NAAWG to develop an implementation strategy for cooperation on air quality (Air Strategy) as outlined in the 2010–2015 North American Vision, which had five fundamental objectives:
Consequently, in 2008, the CEC Secretariat completed a comprehensive assessment of North American air emissions inventories and air quality monitoring networks. This assessment provided a basis for the development of the Air Strategy document. The North American Air Quality Management Strategy for 2010–2015 was submitted to Council in 2009. In addition, with CEC support, portions of the on-road mobile, point, and biogenic source components of the Mexican National Emissions Inventory have been updated for the data year 2005, resulting in significant progress
toward the comparability and synchronicity of North American emissions inventories.
Head of Unit for Environmental Quality