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Accelerating Clean Air in London

6 Mar 2017

According to LAEI – London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory 2013 TRANSPORT equates to 63% of Nitrous Oxides (NOx) and microscopic particle matter (PM) mainly, but not exclusively, from the use of diesel engines.

”London is once again in the grip of another air quality crisis, although not one as dramatic as the Victorian killer fogs that used to blight our city. The 21st century problem is rather subtler, caused by invisible pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and microscopic particulate matter (PM). These are associated with a range of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and are especially problematic for people with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD, as well as the elderly and small children. It has been estimated that over 9,400 deaths in London can be attributed to these pollutants every year, with the major source being road transport (in particular diesel engines), though gas combustion and wood burning also play a role.”

The Challenge Prize Centre at Nesta is convening experts and stakeholders to put their heads together to identify innovation challenges in cleaning up London’s air pollution.

VantagePoint will be attending the Nesta Air Quality Forum later this month.