Energy company calls for air pollution levels in weather forecasts

The energy company, E.ON has called for air pollution levels to be included in daily weather forecasts following research conducted by the energy provider.

E.ON’s research campaign found that almost two-thirds of people miss the reduction in air pollution and how clear the air was during the first COVID lockdown. E.ON found that 86% of participants said that air pollution is an issue that the British public need to know more about. A further 72% of respondents said that they believe it's just as important to include air quality in weather forecasts as it is the pollen count.

Thanks to their findings, E.ON has launched a new ‘Change the Weather’ service – an initiative to develop more understanding of the air quality index and to get air pollution levels added to national daily weather forecasts.

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: ‘No level of air pollution should ever be deemed safe. There are many things we can all do to help reduce our impact on the environment and the air we breathe. From driving less, or driving electric, and making our homes more energy-efficient, to powering our homes with renewable electricity.’

‘Making air quality information more accessible through our Change the Weather service is an important step in the right direction and will help ensure this critical topic stays front of mind as we navigate our daily lives.’

“Whilst currently there are air pollution alerts out there, they tend to be niche. Any advancement in the communication of air pollution is to be welcomed and encouraged.” - James Browne, Senior Air Quality Consultant

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