Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 651–659 | Cite as

Assessment of the tools to monitor air pollution in the Spanish ports system

  • Federico Martín BermúdezEmail author
  • Fernando González Laxe
  • Eva Aguayo-Lorenzo


In general, seaports are located in urban areas or in their environs, whereby their activity has a very direct effect on the population. Therefore, reducing environmental contamination and improving air quality are priority management goals for port authorities (PAs). In Spain, the state-owned seaport system consists of 28 PAs that manage 46 ports. Its regulation received a major impulse through the enactment of the Spanish Ports Law in 2010. The law establishes especially the obligation that, annually, the PA prepare a sustainability report with 111 sustainability indicators. This study is founded on a database that was created with information from the reports from 2011 to 2016. A statistical analysis studies the evolution of the implementation of 20 measures for the reduction of atmospheric contamination in Spanish ports and identify the strategic lines carried out by the PAs and the measures adopted depending on the size of the ports.


Port management Environmental management Indicators Sustainability Legislation 

JEL classification

Q01 Q28 Q56 K32 



In addition to the editor, the authors wish to appreciate the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and their gratitude to Puertos del Estado for providing them with the data and necessary information to carry out this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Distance Education University (UNED)PontevedraSpain
  2. 2.PhD Programme in Economics and BusinessSantiago de Compostela UniversitySantiagoSpain
  3. 3.University Institute of Maritime StudiesA Coruña UniversityA CoruñaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Quantitative EconomicsSantiago de Compostela UniversitySantiagoSpain

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