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IRCEL-CELINE

The Belgian Interregional Environment Agency (IRCEL-CELINE) is a permanent interregional cooperation between the Belgian Regions founded in 1994, involving collaboration on the management of the monitoring networks and enforcing a common scientific basis for collecting, processing and reporting air quality data. The agency is fully financed by the three Belgian regions and staff members are detached by the regional environmental institutes, Agence wallonne de l'Air et du Climat (AWAC) for Wallonia, the Flemish Environment Agency (VMM) for Flanders and Environment Brussels (BIM-IBGE) for the Brussels Capital Region.

Within this project, one or more regional institutes will provide the necessary co-financing. Among other tasks, the agency runs an interregional calibration laboratory, an interregional air quality database and an interregional data processing centre (IDPC). In the IDPC air quality data collected in the regional networks are acquired in “real-time”, evaluated and published online: www.irceline.be. Furthermore, IRCEL-CELINE informs the regional, the federal authorities and the public on and during episodes of enhanced air pollution (SMOG episodes), compiles the transmissions of all Belgian air quality and emission data to international platforms and it’s staff members are national experts in different European Air Quality expert groups.