Ineris signs a targets and performance agreement with the French Central Laboratory for Monitoring Air Quality (Laboratoire central de surveillance de la qualité de l’air ) for the 2022-2026 period

Raymond Cointe signed this new agreement on September 30 with Laurent Michel, Director of the French Directorate General for Energy and the Climate, Thomas Grenon, Director of the French National Metrology and Testing Laboratory (Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais), and Alain-Louis Schmitt, Director of IMT Nord Europe.

Ineris, the French Metrology and Testing Laboratory, and IMT Nord Europe are the three members of the LCSQA, which is a scientific interest group founded to ensure proper technical coordination of France's national air quality monitoring systems. Ineris has several objectives within the LCSQA, such as managing the national air quality observation database (Geod'air), which centralises all data generated by approved air quality monitoring associations (AASQA – Associations Agréées de Surveillance de la Qualité de l’Air).
This data is included in a statutory report submitted to the European Environment Agency in compliance with air quality directives; this report is also part of Ineris' responsibilities within the LCSQA.
The Institute also oversees the French national observatory for the measurement of the chemical composition and sources of fine particles in urban areas (CARA – observatoire national de mesure de la composition chimique et des sources de particules fine e n milieu urbain), a unique body in Europe. The institute is also responsible for defining guidelines for modelling and forecasting.
It also carries out extensive metrological research and implements inter-laboratory comparisons for the measurement of controlled pollutants and pollutants of national interest (pesticides), as well as works on the evaluation of new metrological tools (sensors, etc.).
One topic being explored by Ineris as part of its remit within the LCSQA is the development of methods for combining and merging modelling results and observations for improved air quality assessment.

> View the article on the LCSQA website