30th April 2020

12-month recap: Technology Vs Pollution

Summary

Next up in our #MinistryOfTechnocracy mini-series blog, we take a look at how technology has helped reduce pollution levels over the last 12 months. Since lockdown, there has been countless reports about the positive impact this has had on the environment, but prior to this, just how much has technology helped?

From retro electric cars to clean air filters on double decker buses, London is the epicentre of change when it comes to pollution in the UK. With 40 cities across the country exceeding the safe levels of air pollution, how are we as a country trying to reduce the affect our actions have on the planet when it comes to climate change?

Scott Mcharrie Finance Assistant Apprentice

Technology Vs. Pollution

In 2019, Click carried out some research to find out how London is trying to contribute to reduction of pollution levels. The research has shown that London tube stations are 30x more polluted than normal city air. To combat this, nano carbon filters have been spread across the tube networks in London and are targeted at reducing air pollution in areas where passengers spend most of their time – on the platforms.

As well as nano carbon filters, London has implemented an American inspired cycling system which encourages the public to reduce the amount of time they spend in cars.

London introduced a charge of £11.50 if you drove through the ultra-low emissions zones between 7am-7pm. Although there has been 13,500 fewer cars passing through these zones daily, was this considerably small financial hit enough to stop all cars passing through these zones?

Fast forward to 2020; have pollution levels improved since 2019? Quite simply, Yes! The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity which is not only reducing air pollution levels in London but across the whole world. Staggeringly, road traffic accounts for around 80% of the nitrogen oxide emissions in the UK.

From this pandemic will come a realisation that there is considerable potential to change working practices and lifestyles, without having to sacrifice a great deal. This will challenge us to think; do we really need to drive or are there more sustainable ways that will reduce the pollution levels?

Next Up: Security in an ever-connected world…

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