Schools across Europe share results of their air quality projects

More than 100 schools from 8 European countries participated in the citizen science CleanAir@School inititative, organised by the European European Agency (EEA) and the European Network of the Heads of Environmental Protection Agencies. The results of the initiative, published today, describe how schoolchildren measured pollution levels, learned about air quality and promoted actions for cleaner air. Read more here.


Newsletter 36 – 2020

The editorial of our Newsletter from March 2020 was titled « The global spread of an unknown and deadly enemy ». It was and still is SARS-CoV-2 a type of coronavirus, which escaped from Chinese laboratory in late 2019 and is causing Covid-19 illness. I wrote in it that « All of a sudden we have become exposed to its ultrafine particles. But how they are different from our core business dealing with classic UfPs ». Read more in our Newsletter


11th VERT Forum postponed to March 25th 2021

at EMPA-Academy, CH-8600-Duebendorf, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 9:00 to 18:00, opening and registration 8:00

Dear Colleague,

because of the worldwide continuing threat by the COVID-19 pandemic the VERT Board made the decision in alignment with EMPA to postpone the VERT Forum from September this year to Thursday March 25th 2021.

Switzerland seems to be quite safe by now but nobody can predict what will happen after the vacation weeks which are starting now. The VERT Forum is an international meeting and we are expecting many guests and speakers from other countries which makes predictions even more difficult and since we feel responsible for your safety and health during this event we had to come to this decision. The VERT Forum is also known for communication and networking and we therefore resisted on the temptation to offer a digital meeting.

We basically want to keep the main items on the agenda as announced but we would like to also use this Forum as a virus filtration event to make public that our industry can support the society with best available technology to clean the breathing air not only from soot particles.

Our sincere apologies to coming again to you with such bad news, but looking forward optimistically to another fascinating event at the forefront of new BAT-emission control technologies.

with best regards on behalf of the organizing committee

Andreas C.R.Mayer               Volker Hensel / CEO VERT              VERT-Association of BAT

+41 56 496 6414                    +49 174 864 6464

Ttm.a.mayer@bluewin.ch       volker.hensel@aurigna.com               www.vert-certification-eu


EFCA and COVID19

The global spread of an unknown and deadly enemy by Andrzej Jagusiewicz, president of EFCA Dear Members, Friends and Supporters, The 2020 has just started when everyone was observing the global spread of the unknown and deadly enemy « coronavirus » read more in the Newsletter


Contribute to the European Green Deal-Just Transition Fund

EFCA has been requested to be more active towards the Commission’s legislative proposals open for adoption. Our President have screened some proposals of the EC and think that we all as EFCA confederated members should contribute primarily to the European Green Deal-Just Transition Fund, which is open for adoption and being consulted from 15 January 2020 till 12 March 2020. In short this is a complex proposal for regional policy and related regulation including budgetary implications provided interested countries take active part in its implementation. You will find the full text of the proposal „European Green Deal – Just Transition Fund” directly on: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/com-2020-22_en


UNECE and EFCA

UNECE hold the fortieth anniversary special session on 11th and 12th december 2019 to celebrate 40 years of succesful activities under the Air Convntion. The event was marked by excellent guest speakers and extended participation upon invitation, including the President of EFCA.  To read more in the incoming EFCA newsletter


Gordana Pehnec CAPPA’s new International coordinator

At its recent Annual meeting CAPPA’s Board had several changes. Gordana Pehnec, CAPPA’s president, will from now on represent CAPPA as International coordinator in EFCA; she attended already several EFCA meetings and is well known in the Board. She takes the place of Vladimira Vadjic who stepped down. CAPPA’s new president is now Ranka Godec.