Today, in Tallinn, the Estonian Environmental Research Centre introduced a brand new monitoring laboratory, with the aid of which it will be possible to analyse hazardous substances from any type of environment, for example, water, soil, the air and elsewhere. The modern laboratory improves the reliability and quality of Estonia’s monitoring data.
“Emerging in Estonia is a state of the art capability for assessing the presence of hazardous substances in the environment. We no longer have to travel to Nordic countries to ask them for their help in performing research, but can now ourselves offer them state of the art support,” said Keit Pentus-Rosimannus at the opening of the laboratory. “Reliable data is critical for making the correct decisions. The Estonian Environmental Research Centre’s new laboratory allows for greater precision in the measurement of whether and which hazardous substances are found in our nature. These substances can already be hazardous to people in very low quantities, which means we can also react quickly to changes in the situation.” The new laboratory increases Estonia’s ability to conduct monitoring of priority substances and expands the circle of research, since analyses of any environment can be performed.
Estonia has the obligation to monitor and analyse priority hazardous substances – and to continue doing so in the long-term perspective. The goal of the priority hazardous substances monitoring programme is to assess the state of pollution of Estonia's water bodies and to specify the problem areas in those water bodies.
At the grand opening of the new laboratory, the new mobile air laboratory MARU was also introduced, which allows for the measuring of the chemical composition of ultra-fine particles and other indicators in the air in real time and while driving. In addition to the laboratory located in Tallinn, and the mobile laboratory, a new laboratory was also completed in Tartu.
The laboratories were completed within the framework of the Estonia-Switzerland cooperation programme “Raising the designation capability for priority hazardous substances” and the support of the Environmental Investment Centre. Nearly EUR 3.5 billion in total was invested.