BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 22. The U.S. Embassy in Baku will officially launch an “Air Quality Monitoring Program” (AQMP) in April 2022.
The Embassy AQMP will include a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified measuring instrument (a MET One BAM 1020), a real-time air quality index website and information on the Embassy webpage.
The U.S. Embassy announces this initiative in honor of Earth Day. Earth Day, April 22, is a day to learn and remember the importance of protecting health and the environment. In the United States, Earth Day is not an official holiday, but it is still marked in many ways. Americans of all ages participate in events to raise awareness of environmental concerns and to celebrate their respect for the environment.
Air pollution is a critical threat to global health. In February 2015, the U.S. Department of State and the EPA formed a partnership to improve real-time air quality data around the world by adding data from participating U.S. embassies to data from EPA previously published air quality conditions in the United States. .
The AQMP will continuously monitor and record the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air outside the Embassy and will continuously convert the collected data to the “Air Quality Index” (AQI) scale created by the EPA. This information is publicly available and is intended to benefit all residents of Baku, including the local health community and the Azerbaijani government.
U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 50 cities in more than three dozen countries monitor pollution levels and disseminate air quality data. Data published by the US State Department on the EPA’s AirNow platform is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We invite members of the media to explore the U.S. Embassy’s AQI website at https://az.usembassy.gov/embassy/baku/air-quality-monitor/. Since the AQMP will be part of the US EPA’s AirNow system, the air quality data generated in the area of the US Embassy in Baku is published simultaneously on www.airnow.gov.
The Embassy reports its AQI as an hourly average and the EPA reports the AQI as a 24-hour average.