The G²AME platform, a cross-border monitoring of air pollution in the Greater Geneva

The G²AME platform, a cross-border monitoring of air pollution in the Greater Geneva
Countries: France, Switzerland
Border(s): France-Switzerland,
Greater Geneva,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - France-Switzerland
- Climate change, risk management and prevention
- The environment, resources and waste
- Observation

Lead partner: Greater Geneva Local Grouping of Cross-Border Cooperation

Autumn 2015 an innovative tool that makes it possible to track pollution across borders has been set up by the "Greater Geneva" area partners.

The G²AME platform (Greater Geneva Air Model Emissions) makes it possible to obtain a uniform analysis of polluting emissions in order to be able to better control them over the long-term, and thus safeguard the population’s health.

"The quality of this partnership work proves that we have everything to gain in this exemplary cross-border cooperation, aiming at better safeguarding the population’s health in our shared area!" stated Luc Barthassat, State Advisor of the Canton of Geneva in charge of Environment, Transport and Agriculture Department (DETA).


  • Air Rhône-Alpes (France)
  • Republic and Canton of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • The Canton of Vaud (Switzerland)
  • Partners of Greater Geneva GLCT:

Rhône-Alpes Region, Ain and Haute-Savoie Department, ARC joint union, the French Republic, Geneva City, Swiss Confederation, cantons of Geneva and Vaud, district of Nyon), Regional Franco-Genevan Committee (CRFG) and Association of Geneva Communes (ACG).

Project goals

The France-Vaud-Geneva conurbation project aims at "controlling emissions and pollution and greenhouse gas concentrations." In November 2012, on this basis, a "Greater Geneva Air Quality Assessment" passed under review some practical solutions for improvement, and suggested a number of tools be implemented to achieve this goal.
In this context, the G²AME project (Greater Geneva Air Model Emissions) came into being. Thanks to financial support from the France-Switzerland Interreg IV program, lasting foundations were laid for a uniform cross-border strategy regarding the improvement of air quality in the area.

Specialists from Air Rhône-Alpes and the cantons of Geneva and Vaud were thus able to intensify their collaboration, in order to create a tool for mapping air quality. It relies on emissions mapping that is unified across borders, and models changes in pollution levels by taking air-mass movement into account. The tool makes it possible to determine pollution sources in Greater Geneva, the quality of the air that inhabitants breathe, and is helpful for decision-making processes (thanks to air quality modelling for 2020 and 2030).

Project activities

G²AME makes it possible to:

  • Acquire cartographic information on the current condition of air quality, throughout the cross-border territory
  • Predict the evolution of air quality over several years
  • Model the impact of the Greater Geneva area's future installations, and measure the efficiency of clean-up measures.

More information on theGreater Geneva website.

Project duration

In June 2013, harmonization of emission inventories. In September 2015 launch of the tool.

Total cost

€487,000 (€349,000 French funding and €138,000 Swiss funding)

EU funding