Company Launches Clean Air Schools Initiative
Today, on Clean Air Day, Elland based air quality specialists, Evotech Air Quality, has officially launched its campaign, to monitor and improve the air children breathe at schools across the Calderdale region.
John Lumb, Director of Evotech Air Quality says, "A recent YouGov Survey shows that half of pupils in the UK are worried about air pollution near their schools. We believe that every child has the right to breathe clean air, whether at home, at school or at play.
That's why, today on Clean Air Day, together with our partners Airthings and Airly, we have launched a campaign to provide five schools in our local region of Calderdale a free air quality monitoring programme for the next academic year, to monitor and improve the air teachers and their pupils are breathing at school. Schools will be alerted when air quality is poor and will be able to remediate any indoor air quality issues with Evotech Air Quality's professional engineering expertise."
Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings says, "We spend 90% of our time indoors, where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoors. For children, a large portion of that time is spent in schools and they are one of the most sensitive groups in regards to air pollution."
Inhaling pollutants can cause and exacerbate health problems, and people with heart or lung disease, children, and older adults are at greatest risk. Annually in the UK, it's estimated air pollution causes around 40,000 premature deaths, and in 2017 cost the NHS £157 million, and these costs are projected to reach a total of £18.6 billion by 2035, making it an invisible health crisis.
In addition, studies undertaken during the recent pandemic have shown that air pollution can help viruses travel further in the air, increasing virus transmission risks.
Wiktor Warchałowski, CEO and co-founder of Airly, who make outdoor air quality monitoring solutions, says, "Accurate monitoring of particulate matter (PM) and dangerous gases like NO2 should become standard for any educational institution. These pollutants have a significant impact on the health and well-being of young students."
Schools from Calderdale that are interested in becoming a Clean Air School can register their interest on the campaign page, www.evotechairquality.co.uk/