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UK Government Warned About Rising Air Pollution

Around 40,000 people are estimated to die prematurely each year due to poor air quality.  The UK government is facing legal action over the lack of progress made in cleaning up Britain’s air.  Diesel fumes are largely to blame in cities but in industry, a wider variety of harmful fumes can cause problems for employees and local residents.  As the government works on a number of schemes to improve air quality around the country, companies can use advanced air filtration technology to reduce their harmful emissions.

The Problem

Despite the fact that in April last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the UK government was in breach of EU limits for nitrogen dioxide in the air and forced it to take immediate action, law firm ClientEarth say that not enough has been done.  Emissions from diesel engines are mostly to blame and the problem hasn’t been helped by the recent emissions scandal where car manufacturers fixed testing results to make their cars appear cleaner than they really were.  Companies who run diesel vehicles put their employees at particular risk from these fumes if they don’t have appropriate air filtration.  Fortunately, custom made air filtration units can greatly reduce this risk.

The Solution?

As diesel fumes are seen as the primary culprit for damaging air quality and, hence, people’s health, the government is looking to improve the situation by creating more low emission zones in cities.  These ‘Clean Air Zones’ will be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020.  Ideally, these zones will encourage businesses and councils to replace old dirty vehicles with modern cleaner ones.  Introducing newer improved technology seems to be a popular choice when tackling air quality problems as the readers of The Engineer magazine proved in a recent poll.

  • 52% of them thought increased investment in low carbon transport was the way forward.
  • Only 8% thought the government should continue with the existing policy.
  • Even fewer, 6%, thought congestion charging zones should be extended.
  • 19% thought a blanket ban on diesel vehicles in city centres would be the best plan.

Replacing old with new and improving technology are the major themes in the government’s plans to improve air quality and also seem to be popular with the engineering community.  For businesses where air quality can be a problem, these solutions are also highly effective when applied to air handling systems.  Modern, custom made systems can provide air filtration which is specifically designed to deal with whatever pollutant or air quality problem an organisation might face.  Speak to Transcool Systems on + 44 (0)1903 733911 or email info@transcoolsystems.co.uk  to see how we can help you improve air quality in your operation.

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