Phnom Penh air quality

How polluted is Phnom Penh?

Recent research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that the largest sources of pollution in Cambodia today are transport, electricity generation, industry and residential development.

Phnom Penh has been growing rapidly over the past years in term of economic development, among many other things. How about air pollution issue in Phnom Penh? The burning of fuels such as petroleum, diesel and coal in the transport, household, industrial and energy sectors contribute to one common thing in Southeast Asian cities, air polution. In 2018, Cambodia ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for air quality.

How bad is air pollution in Phnom Penh?

Should it be your concern? “Articulate Matter PM2.5 is a big concern parameter among other air pollutants which can cause effect to human health in short and long-term,” according to Leakhena Hang and Lorn Soklis of Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in their ‘Assessment of People Perception on Air Quality in Phnom Penh, Capital City of Cambodia’ published in November 2020.

According to IQAir, which publishes latest air quality index (AQI), Phnom Penh came in with an average yearly reading of 21.1 μg/m³. This reading put Phnom Penh into the ‘moderate’ pollution bracket, one which requires a PM2.5 reading of anywhere between 12.1 to 35.4 μg/m³ to be classified as such. “This shows that whilst Phnom Penh does not have an overtly bad level of air pollution, it could still stand to improve its air quality, coming in at 818th place out of all cities ranked worldwide.”

What is the air quality in Phnom Penh?
Phnom Penh’s districts like Chamkar Mon, Chroy Changvar, and Toul Kork are among the highest concentration and AQI of PM2.5.
Air quality index (AQI) and PM2.5 air pollution in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)

How to know more about the air you breath in your home?
Actually, you can check the air quality based on particles (PM2.5) with this simple, easy-to-use air sensor VINDRIKTNING. And you can also use it with FÖRNUFTIG air purifier.

This VINDRIKTNING sensor checks the air quality by detecting particles (PM2.5) in your home. A light indicates 3 levels of air quality – green (good), yellow (ok), and red (not good).

How to improve indoor air quality and reduce air pollution in your home?
It’s a fact, not a fiction that air pollution in your home can be just as bad – or even worse – than it is outdoors.

  1. Invest in an air purifier.
  2. Change your AC filter.
  3. Use cooking vents.
  4. Keep your rugs and carpets clean.
  5. Control humidity in your home.
  6. Keep it clean. A clean house is a healthier house.
  7. Keep the greenery outdoors.
  8. Get indoor plants to freshen the air.
    Essentially, plants are nature’s natural air filters.

When living in a city like Phnom Penh of Cambodia, improving your home air quality means that you take a small yet significant step to protect yourself from the damage of chronic inflammation.

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