Clean Air Day June 2019

Clean Air Day, organised by Global Action Plan, is the UK’s largest annual air pollution campaign, which brings together individuals, communities, businesses, education and the health sector to encourage the public to improve air quality and their health.

Last year, over 2,000 organisations took part in approximately 550 events across the UK. This year Clean Air Day will be held on Thursday 20th June 2019, which aims to:

  • Improve public understanding of the sources of indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Create an awareness of the heath impacts of air pollution
  • Provide information of activities we can all do to tackle air pollution
  • Encourage people to try something different and make choices that help protect the environment and health e.g. choosing to walk or cycle a route previously driven.

Clean Air Day June 2019

How you can get involved in Clean Air Day

  • Trade driving for walking, cycling or using public transport to get to school or work
  • Take walking routes on quieter roads to reduce exposure to air pollution
  • Cut down on car journeys by joining a car-club
  • Open windows when cooking or using cleaning products
  • Run events at your school or workplace to raise awareness of air pollution.

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Sources of Air Pollution

The main source of NOx is road transport, followed by combustion activities and other industrial and commercial sectors. Particulate matter originates from both natural (sea spray and Saharan dust) and man-made sources, which in the UK is from transport and fuel combustion activities. Primary particles arise from engine emissions, tyre wear and non-exhaust emissions. Other sources include quarrying, construction and other non-road mobile sources.

Health Impacts of Air Pollution

There is an increased awareness that exposure to high concentrations of pollutants, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10) can affect human health with the young, elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions being the most vulnerable. Due to their size, the smaller PM2.5 can be inhaled into the deepest parts of our lungs, which can then cross into the blood stream. Emerging research associates exposure to PM2.5 with blocking arteries increasing the chances of stroke and heart disease. However, with children, consistently high exposure levels can affect their lung function and development of long-term respiratory diseases such as Asthma.

Health Impact Statistics

  • It is estimated that long-term exposure to man-made air pollution in the UK causes an annual equivalent to 28k – 36k deaths
  • Over the next 18-year period a µg/m3 reduction in fine air particles in England could prevent around 50,900 cases of coronary heart disease and 16,500 strokes, 9,300 cases of asthma, 4,200 lung cancers. (Public Health England)
  • Outdoor air pollution from vehicles causes 40,000 deaths a year and costs the economy around £20bn. (The Royal College of Physicians)
  • The World Health Organisation estimate that 3 million people die from ambient outdoor pollution every year
  • 4.2 million deaths worldwide every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution
  • 3.8 million deaths worldwide every year as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cookstoves and fuels
  • 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits. (World Health Organisation)

Clean Air Day June 2019

Government initiatives

Local Authorities across the UK have action plans with the aim to improve air quality in their area. Some of the larger and most polluted areas have been required to declare Clean Air Zones (CAZ). Outside of London (where the Ultra-Low Emission Zone was introduced earlier this year), these include Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Southampton and Derby.

In Manchester the 10 councils which comprise the Greater Manchester Combined Authority shortlisted measures in their Clean Air Plan. These include congestion deals, clean air zones and electric vehicle incentives. Birmingham and Leeds plan to introduce CAZs from January 2020, and in Nottingham the Centrelink Clean Air Ways Project provides an integrated electric bus service.

Why choose Stroma?

Stroma offer a range of different air quality and environmental monitoring services to suit your scheme.

  • Air quality assessments and environmental monitoring services nationwide coverage at a fixed fee
  • Assessment scopes to suit the budget and type of development from non-major developments to large infrastructure schemes
  • Flexible programme to ensure we meet your deadline
  • Experience in a diverse range of projects
  • Integrated services which cover all seven RIBA stages

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