The year 2013 will be notable for both the European Union and Camfil as the “European Year of Air” and the year in which Camfil will celebrate 50 years of operations as the No.1 air filtration company in Europe and a global leader in clean air solutions. The European Year of Air initiative for 2013 is part of a larger effort to push for stronger EU air quality laws and tighten policies to protect human health and the environment.
Present EU standards for ambient air quality are weaker than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially for fine particles (PM2.5), one of the pollutants impacting health the most. In Europe, the maximum annual concentration is 25 μg/m3 (2.5 times weaker than WHO’s recommended limit), which most Member States fail to meet today. In the US, the EPA is proposing the more ambitious annual limit of 12 μg/ m3. However, there are even smaller particles, such as those less than 100 nanometres, which may be even more damaging to human health.
Exhaust fumes, diesel particulates and ozone are making city air worse and lowering air quality considerably. As described in this issue, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other air contaminants are creating serious health problems.
At the same time, regulations are becoming stricter.
Camfil Farr’s “City” series of molecular filters for urban pollution – City-Flo XL®, CityCarb®, City-Flo® and CitySorb® – represent the ultimate filtration solution for indoor air quality control. These filters combine a high performance particle filter and highly effective broad-spectrum carbon filter in a single device. Continue reading
In 2011-2012, Camfil Farr filtration specialists have been participating in the development of scientific and design documentation for the restoration and repair of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems serving Petrovsky Hall on the second floor of the Winter Palace – one of five buildings belonging to the world renown State Hermitage Museum complex in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The aim of this co-operation is to introduce eco-friendly filtration technology and increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of the HVAC systems. This project has involved measuring air quality in the room and ventilation systems, verifying the operation of air handling units, and changing out filters to Camfil Farr’s, which have higher efficiencies, greener profiles and lower energy consumption. Continue reading