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Legislation changes mean stricter air quality limits

Last week Michael Gove announced changes to legislation that will require action to be taken on air quality.

The Environmental Secretary spoke at the Kew Gardens, vowing to the legal limit of dangerous emissions in half.

The UK currently uses the EU’s limit of 25µg of microscopic particles per m³. However, with a change to legislation, the limit will be reduced to 10µg, the limit set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Increasing levels of people are becoming concerned about air pollution, with 90% of the world’s population living in areas that exceed the air quality limit.

In his speech, Gove explained how the government’s Air Quality Strategy and the £3.5 billion plan to clean up vehicle emissions were successful, but still not enough.

Containing a “legally binding commitment”, this change in legislation will hold the government accountable to reduce air pollution levels to meet the legal limit.

Gove also announced a change to the National Air Quality Strategy which takes into account that the most affected by air pollution are the vulnerable member of the public. This alteration will include an obligation for local authorities to protect children and the elderly from high pollution levels.

There has been no set date for when the clamp down will begin, however the aim is to get the levels of particle matter to reach the WHO limits by 2030.

How Pinacl can help

Measuring air quality is a major strategy in the fight against high air pollution levels. Pinacl can offer a full air quality solution that can make this easier through implementing IoT technology.

These sensors can measure and monitor levels of carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particle matter (PM10 and PM2.5). Local authorities can then use the data to recognise any patterns and make informed decisions on how to lower air pollution levels.