In 2022, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) launched the project The mussel as a bioremediator in the port of Palma waters.
The European Sea Ports Organisation’s (ESPO) 2018 environmental report shows that air quality continues to be the main priority for European ports. The Port Authority of the Balearic Island is aware of this and has been working hard since 2016 to establish the level of air quality in its ports and to find out how port activity may be involved in this rating, in line with the Port Authority of the Balearic Island's Environmental Policy.
The APB and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) have been working together on this project that now enables air quality at the Port of Palma to be monitored through this control panel which is updated every hour and records the average hourly value per port of the CO, NO2, O3, PM10 and SO2 parameters.
A total of 25 stations have been deployed across the public ports on the Balearic Islands. Each of these stations also has sensors for measuring atmospheric pressure, humidity, temperature and noise. All the ports have additionally been equipped with an anemometer which provides constant wind speed and direction readings.
A total of 250 sensors have been installed in the ports of Palma, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and La Savina that record data every ten minutes. The air quality rating has been established based on the same criteria as those set by the Balearic Island Regional Government for its reference stations across the region.