Air pollution, especially in urban areas, is one of the largest public health issues of our time accounting for an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.
EIC’s Air Quality taskforce explores the ways in which technology and innovation can help society to tackle dangerous air pollution, both indoor and outdoor. Participating members are at the frontline of this fight – either through developing the technology to reduce pollution, or through monitoring, modelling and interpretation of data which allows local authorities and metro-mayors to take informed and evidence-based decisions.
The last few years have seen plenty of progress in this space with our move to electric vehicles and the introduction of low emission zones in cities across the country.
The Environment Act will provide new opportunities for engagement. We expect over the coming months – and among many other measures – government commitments to air quality targets, a five-year national air quality strategy, and a yearly report on progress. It will provide a platform to showcase how member technology and services can help meet government ambitions in this space.
The taskforce informs EIC’s thought-leadership in this area, responds to government consultations, holds events, writes articles for industry press, and regularly welcomes policymakers and industry experts as guests.
The Air Quality taskforce meets quarterly. The chair is Edward Ballsdon (Rensair), with Steve Barnes (Gramm Barriers) and Dr Xiangyu Sheng (Temple Group) vice chairs.
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