Clean Air Day 2023

On 15th June 2023, we are celebrating Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign. We are aiming to spread knowledge and understanding of the impact of air pollution and to take steps in improving air quality.

Clean Air Day is an exceptional opportunity to raise awareness of the critical role clean air plays in our well-being and the health of the planet. It serves as a call to action, urging us to raise awareness and take positive steps towards creating a healthier environment. Clean air is essential for our respiratory health, cognitive function, and overall well-being. However, the global issue of air pollution threatens these vital aspects of our lives, leading to respiratory diseases, allergies, premature deaths, and ecological damage.

The tragedy of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who passed away due to complications of asthma caused by illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide around her home in December 2013, reminds us of the pressing need to take action and protect our children and future generations from the harmful effects of air pollution.

The Chief Medical Officer’s 2022 Annual Report focused on air pollution, stating that “we can and should go further to reduce air pollution”. 

What is Air Pollution?

Common key pollutants in the UK are NO2 and Particulate Matter (PM). PM is the broad term for microscopic particles suspended in the air originating from a range of human-made and natural sources. PM is classified by size range, named according to upper-limit diameter in micrometres, and comprises coarse particles (PM10-2.5), fine particles (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles (PM0.1).

NO2 is one of a group of gases called nitrogen oxides (NOx) but is the most harmful to human health. O3 gas is not directly emitted but formed in the air. Ground-level (tropospheric) O3 can be formed by photochemical reactions (driven by sunlight) of NOx and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) from various natural and human-made sources.

Industries’ Role in Air Pollution Reduction: Industries have a crucial role to play in combatting air pollution. By implementing technologies that reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency, and adopt sustainable practices, they can significantly minimize pollution. Embracing eco-friendly policies and legislation within industries helps create a cleaner environment for all.

Green Spaces and Advocacy for Stricter Regulations: Creating green spaces in urban areas and planting trees can absorb pollutants and improve air quality. By advocating for stricter air quality regulations and sustainable practices, we can drive positive change on a broader scale. Encouraging collaboration between policymakers, businesses, and communities is vital for achieving cleaner air.

Our Air Quality Services

Through our range of air quality services, we aim to reduce the impact that developments, no matter how big or small, have on air quality. We regularly undertake Air Quality Assessments, often required for planning permission, to determine whether a proposed development could have an adverse effect on existing and future residents.

We offer Air Quality Assessments and Monitoring across several sectors including residential, commercial and industrial. Our Air Quality Consultants carry out our assessments, before, during and after construction, depending on the project.

Clean Air Day 2023

We recognise the importance of clean air in maintaining our health, ecosystems, and the future of our planet. It is a day to celebrate and take action. We can create a positive change if we recognize the impact of air pollution and take concrete steps to reduce our contribution. We should adopt sustainable practices, support clean technologies, and advocate for policies that prioritize clean air. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that future generations breathe in a healthier and more sustainable world.

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