Air Pollution

What do we know about Air Pollution?

Air Pollution in the UK is the largest environmental risk to public health. Air Pollution occurs indoors or outdoors when any chemical, physical or biological agent changes the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.

Reports show air pollution has negative effects on health throughout people’s life from pre-birth to old age, these include but are not limited to asthma, development problems, lung cancer, diabetes, dementia, heart attacks and strokes and are important sources of morbidity and mortality.

What does the research on Air Pollution show?

The Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report 2022 on air pollution (published early December 2022) lays out the scale of the challenge ahead in reducing air pollution and highlights achievable solutions.

Whilst the government reports that outdoor air quality in the UK and most high income countries has significantly improved since the 1980's, more focus needs to be on the quality of indoor air.

The report continues to highlight, "In particular, the need to concentrate on the places where people live, work and study; the same air pollution concentration in a densely populated area will lead to greater accumulated health effects than in a sparsely populated area as more people will be affected."

In response Matt Rooney, Head of Policy at IMechE says:

"The pandemic has shone a light on the issue of indoor air quality. Good ventilation and air sanitisation technology can reduce airborne disease transmission, but there are wider benefits.

Air pollution is associated with an increase in prevalence of a range of negative health effects, as well as reduced ability to concentrate. Air quality is therefore particularly important in our schools."

How can we reduce air pollution?

With 80% of a typical adults day spent indoors it is important to maximise ventilation in your rooms, whilst still keeping building warm in winter and cool in summer.

Jointly with De Montfort University, Airgard and Colt International, JenAct are proud to have developed and built two prototype systems, currently being tested at De Montfort University which combine initial filtration, with UV disinfection of viruses and bacteria, HEPA filters for moulds, carbon filters for VOCs and heating to create convection and to help prevent mould outside the unit. JenAct is actively engaged in developing new technology for clean air applications.

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To read the full Government report click here