In January 2017, several publications ran stories that told of how “air pollution in London passed levels in Beijing…”. Wood burning stoves were cited as part of the problem, but it is clear that there are much wider factors that need to be taken into consideration. Here we ask what new technologies can help solve the air pollution problem?

In Industry

Large industries are paramount when it comes to finding a solution to the problems of air pollution. Processing factories, chemical plants, and refineries are among the players who can look to technology as a way of ensuring that the air that we all breath is cleaner.

ERG are air pollution control specialists and one of a growing number of companies who are making products that can help facilitate the global requirement for cleaner air. They engineer a range of equipment and systems that can make industry cleaner, including odour control and air pollution systems to Industrial gas cleaning and Particulate removal systems.

This type of technology can play a pivotal role in the fight against air pollution. Companies, who take the long view, will realise that investing in this type of technology now will mean a sustainable future, both in terms of the environment and profitability.

Domestically

Joe Public also has its role to play when it comes to solving the problem of air pollution. As the aforementioned articles outlined, wood burning stoves, while extremely cosy and comfortable, are in the long term, a no-no – particularly in cities. Underfloor heating is one of the more progressive alternatives, powered by an energy efficient heating system and aided by a well-insulated abode.

Expanding foam insulation is one of the ways that homes can be made more energy efficient and those who adopt this technology can expect warmer accommodation and lower fuel bills – in fact, some super-efficient homes can actually make their occupiers a profit by selling back electricity to the energy companies.

The overriding issue that could help reduce air pollution is, of course, legislation. Companies and homeowners will only go so far of their own accord. A more progressive stance from our governors, one which makes it a legal requirement to be proactive when it comes to improving air pollution is paramount. 

Incentives for actions that improve the quality of our air, using technology, would make for a win-win solution, where a cleaner environment is the product of aspirations – aspirations that are achievable and make us feel part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Published by Alex Hales