Air quality in Jakarta, Palembang good for Asian Games

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has stated the quality of air in Jakarta and Palembang is relatively good to support the 18th Asian Games 2018 scheduled from Aug 18 to Sept 2.

“The quality of air both in Jakarta and Palembang is relatively good and ready to support the Asian Games,” she said in a press statement released on Friday.

The quality of air was monitored from the Air Quality Monitoring System (AQMS) installed in the two cities which will co-host the pan-Asian multi sports event, she said.

AQMS is a device which can depict ambient air quality by providing real time information for PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5., meaning that it can monitor particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrograms.

Two units of AQMS consisting of fixed station and portable device installed in Palembang have been operational since January 2017.

In Jakarta, one unit of fixed station has been operational since May 2, 2018, supported by three units of portable AQMS.

Based on the monitoring of air quality with PM 2.5 conducted from January to April 2018, the air quality in Palembang was recorded at 13.9 micrograms/m3 and in Jakarta at 35 micrograms/m3. Meanwhile, the daily quality standard according to Government Regulation No. 41 of 1999 is 65 micrograms/m3 and the World Health Organization (WHO) is 25 mixrograms/m3.

Source: ANTARA News