The TRANSITION Clean Air network announced funding for five new research projects aimed at improving air quality.
The network, which is led by the University of Birmingham, has awarded £ 48,000 to five projects aimed at providing clean air solutions, helping the government meet its net zero emissions targets and creating innovative solutions for the UK low-emission mobility revolution.
The five projects, carried out by commercial and academic organizations, aim to characterize the evolution of modes of travel; measure exposure to pollution in different modes of transport; advance the real-time identification of pollution sources; reduce the emissions of pollutants from so-called “zero-emission” vehicles and minimize public exposure at the side of the road.
A project led by Nick Molden of Emissions Analytics will focus on measuring ultrafine particles and currently unregulated pollutants. The emissions analysis will measure the differential exposure when walking, cycling, driving, taking a bus or traveling by train and will compare this to diesel and electric variants on a journey between Oxford and London.
Another project, led by Gordon Allison at DustScan, will develop statistical machine learning techniques to differentiate construction dust and non-exhaust vehicle emissions, including at the HS2 site on Curzon Street.
Dr Suzanne Bartington, TRANSITION Principal Investigator and Public Health Clinician and Environmental Epidemiologist at the University of Birmingham, said: “We are delighted to fund these innovative projects covering UK road, rail and bus transport.
“The results will advance our knowledge, understanding and tools to reduce the health harms of transportation emissions.”
Professor Jon Fairburn, University of Staffordshire, added: “ In the year of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) 2021, these projects will provide new information to address key issues related to emissions from transportation and our exposure to them.
“As such, these findings will provide policymakers with the evidence needed to develop a cleaner and healthier environment.”
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