Clean air in cities and industries is a matter of global health

The challenge
Air pollution caused by the transportation sector and industrial facilities is a global challenge that affects the lives of millions of people. Each year, air pollution is the cause of more than seven million premature deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). As more and more people move to the cities, where air pollution is most prevalent, this number will inevitably rise.

The future
Reducing pollution requires a focus on separating harmful particles from smoke and exhaust. Moreover, reducing the source of emissions by encouraging public transportation and cycling in the cities can also drastically improve the air quality in densely populated areas. Finally, improving indoor air quality can significantly improve the well-being and health for residents and workers, while at the same time ensuring  a great potential for energy savings.

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People living in cities are exposed to polluted air every day, and decision makers must take action to counteract this global health threat. Many cities fail to live up to recommended air quality levels and with numerous sources of pollution, public and private entities must seek to solve this challenge collaboratively.

The transportation sector is one of the major sources of air pollution in cities, and with cities continuously expanding, the number of cars in already heavily populated areas will rise. However, limiting transportation may not be the answer as it is the backbone of the economy today. Instead, urban planners and local governments must figure out a way of redesigning urban infrastructure to encourage alternative modes of transportation such as cycling and public transportation, while also introducing more charging stations to enable the use of electrical vehicles.

 

 

Industrial production facilities is another source of air pollution, and policy makers must demand more from the private sector to drive the transition towards less polluting production processes. At the same time, the economic potential of introducing energy efficient technologies in production could be the incentive needed for industries to make the investments required to reduce air pollution, while maintaining the same level of production capacity.

This is also true for indoor air quality technologies, which can drastically improve indoor climate for residents through heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). In addition, as it is important for people being comfortable, HVAC technologies hold a great potential for improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing energy consumption and ultimately pollution.

Connect with us: Mie Johnson, Project Manager, mjo@stateofgreen.com, +45 4047 8001