Report presses London to curb diesel-related air pollution

In the UK, a newly released report from the London Assembly Environment Committee examines London’s efforts to cut pollution from diesel cars, lorries, buses and taxis.

shutterstock_145590403Titled “Driving away from diesel: Reducing air pollution from diesel vehicles”, the report focuses on the impact of diesel vehicles on London’s air quality and blames the combustion of diesel for much of the capital’s air pollution problems.

The publication notes that diesel-powered vehicles alone are responsible for around 40 percent of London’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and partly blames government polices to encourage more fuel-efficient vehicles for indirectly incentivizing diesel use. This drive to dieselize fleets in Britain has left “a generation of dirty vehicles on our roads”, the Environment Committee states. The dieselization of the vehicle fleet is also continuing: 50 percent of all cars sold last year in the UK were diesel, compared to about 30 percent ten years ago. Continue reading

UK schools to be shut over air quality fears

A recent article in the Sunday Times by their Environment Editor Jonathan Leake has once again raised the issue over the need for nitrogen dioxide filtration in school ventilation systems.

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The article centres on two schools in South Yorkshire, the first schools that are due to be shut because of dangerous levels of air pollution. The roads around the two schools are generating so much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other dangerous particulates, that the local council has deemed the building a threat to the children’s health.

Sheffield City Council plan to relocate the schools from their current sites, next to the M1 Motorway, to a new site with less air pollution and noise. The health effects of air pollution have been a regular feature in the UK media since the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated last year that air pollution is the single biggest environmental health risk. Continue reading

Report says better indoor air quality in offices can lead to productivity increases of 8-11%

A ground breaking report from the World Green Building Council finds overwhelming evidence of Indoor Air Quality and its impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. The Report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. It finds a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature and interior layout – can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers.

ReportDownload the Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices here. Continue reading