Let’s make Brussels’air more breathable!

To breathe better in Brussels, test the impact of your travel mode on air quality and adapt your mobility.

Test the impact of your travel mode

Everyone is affected, everyone is responsible

Brussels is coughing. Air pollution mainly caused by road traffic leads to serious health problems, especially in older people and children. Enough is enough! We should all adopt new and less polluting mobility behaviour. Let’s use this Summer to try new forms of mobility and make Brussels a more breathable place!

Test the impact of your current travel mode

Interested in finding out if you are part of the problem or the solution? To discover your impact on air quality in Brussels, according to your travel mode, take the test here with our calculator!

How to improve your ‘air quality’ footprint

Through simple actions, we can all help to reduce emissions of gases and fine particles, especially during pollution peaks.
These actions, if we all take them together, will make a big difference:

#1 Walk, cycle or use public transport whenever possible.
#2 Use car-pooling or car-sharing when you need a car.
#3 Use shared mobility apps: Urbi, Joyn Joyn, etc.
#4 Make the most of the Prime Bruxell’air (bonus for Brussels residents who stop using their cars).
#5 Avoid driving during the rush hours.
#6 Avoid home deliveries, opt instead for collection points.
#7 Combine your travels/group your purchases.
#8 Use bicycle couriers.

To breathe easier in Brussels, make the most of Summer to test new forms of mobility

What about the air in Brussels?

Although big efforts have been made in recent years to improve the situation (Low Emission Zone - LEZ, investments in public transport, etc.), Brussels is not a star pupil for Europe!

The European Commission has highlighted the Brussels Region’s deficiencies when tackling air pollution. It was right to do this, because nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced by transport and road traffic, particularly diesel vehicles.

However, each citizen can help to reverse this polluting and damaging trend, for example by choosing to use alternatives to the car!

Mobility and air quality in figures

Air pollutants

We each breathe around 15,000 litres of air a day. Ideally this air should be as clean as possible, to avoid damaging our lungs. Unfortunately, human activities create many different air pollutants. In Brussels, these can mainly be grouped into two pollutant families:

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Fine particles

These particles are basically made up of very fine dust that is invisible to the naked eye. The finer the particles, the more dangerous they are for our health – because they can even penetrate the lung alveoli. This alters respiratory exchange, potentially causing shortness of breath and putting extra strain on the heart. Consequently these particles increase both respiratory and cardiovascular risks, affecting pregnant women and young children, and they can result in neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, dementia and some types of cancer).

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In our city, the most problematic gas pollutant is nitrogen dioxide. In Brussels, road traffic is responsible for 69% of the nitrogen oxide emissions, while the rest are due mainly to heating and, to a lesser extent, industry.

What should we do during a pollution peak?

It’s important to know the good practices to follow.