ERG role in 'Cleaner Air for London' website
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched the capital’s Cleaner Air for London website this week, which has been developed in partnership with staff in the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s College London.
The site includes personalised tools to help Londoners, young people and businesses to play their part in reducing emissions and their exposure to air pollution. It features data from monitoring stations across the capital, as well as ways to help people make more informed choices about their work journeys to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.
Resources such as case studies and technical guides are also available, to help businesses reduce their emissions by replacing old boilers, improving deliveries and encouraging staff to travel in a more sustainable way.
It also features sections that are aimed specifically at young people, with information that focuses on some of the sources and effects of air pollution in London past and present, as well as educational classroom activities for parents and teachers.
Staff in the ERG led on the development of key components of the website and coordinated its infrastructure. ‘We are pleased to have played a pivotal role in this project and to have contributed towards yet another useful web resource for the public,’ says Sam Hope-Evans, Web Developer.
The ERG is a leading provider of air quality information and research in the UK. The team combines air pollution science, toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impact of air pollution on health. They work closely with those responsible for air quality management to support policies and actions to minimise air pollution health effects. The ERG has a strong track record in developing web and mobile technologies to support the acquisition, management and use of air pollution data.
The Mayor said: ‘Real progress has been made in improving London’s air quality in recent years, but as an expanding global city that is grappling with population growth, there are some big challenges ahead. Londoners and the capital’s businesses have a hugely important role to play in reducing emissions and thanks to this new website for the first time we have the tools to help do this. I encourage everyone who’s passionate about improving the air we breathe to log on and check out what ‘Cleaner Air for London’ has to offer.’