Environmental and engineering consultancy Ricardo is making use of its experience in air high quality measurement to allow native authorities throughout Larger Manchester to observe the contribution to air air pollution from wooden burning stoves, elevate public consciousness of its dangers, and cut back its influence on folks’s well being.
The agency has been awarded a multi-year contract by Transport for Larger Manchester, on behalf of the ten Larger Manchester councils, to observe the air high quality influence of the burning of stable gasoline in households throughout the city-region. Ricardo will monitor information from new air high quality sensors offered by mission associate South Coast Science. The work varieties a part of a wider initiative funded by the UK Authorities’s Division for Atmosphere, Meals and Rural Affairs (Defra) to enhance air high quality and can assist the native authorities to higher perceive how they’ll cut back air air pollution from home stable gasoline burning.
Ricardo already advises the ten Larger Manchester native authorities and runs their reference air high quality monitoring
community. Via this new funded mission, working with mission associate South Coast Science, Ricardo scientists will
acquire information from and supply high quality assurance and high quality management companies for 43 air high quality screens which will probably be in 41 places throughout Larger Manchester over the following two years. Ricardo will present knowledgeable evaluation and reporting, in addition to making certain that the efficiency and reliability of the sensors is maximised all through the contract.
The units will monitor particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) nitrogen oxide (NO), carbon
monoxide (CO) and ozone (O 3). Ten of the 43 units may also monitor carbon dioxide (CO 2). The measurements will
be taken in a variety of city and rural areas. 4 screens will probably be put in in every borough, with two in places with a excessive variety of wooden burning stoves and two in places the place home burning is thought to be much less doubtless. It will allow researchers to higher perceive the totally different concentrations of air air pollution. Three additional sensors will probably be situated with one of many steady reference monitoring stations for high quality management functions.
Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, Clear Air lead for Larger Manchester, mentioned: “Larger Manchester is dedicated to enhancing air
high quality in our area and the information from this mission will assist us higher perceive the connection between use of
home burning and poor air high quality. The information we obtain from Ricardo will present us with high quality information wanted to
make knowledgeable choices relating to our coverage and motion plans and assist to ship well being and financial advantages to the
tens of millions of individuals in our area.”
Paul Willis, Technical Director, Air High quality and Atmosphere at Ricardo, mentioned: “Ricardo has the longest established and one of many largest air high quality groups on this planet. For over 60 years, we now have labored with many metropolis authorities throughout the UK and internationally to assist them to cut back the destructive impacts of air air pollution. We’re honoured that
Transport for Larger Manchester has entrusted us with offering them with top quality information from the monitoring
community, and high quality assurance on that information. It will assist their goal of utilizing this trusted proof to interact the general public, cut back native or private publicity to air air pollution and finally save lives and enhance public well being within the area.”
This mission is the newest instance of Ricardo air high quality specialists offering trusted proof to regional authorities on the dangers of air air pollution. For the London Wooden Burning Challenge – a mission led by the London boroughs of Camden and Islington on behalf of 13 different collaborating London boroughs – which is funded by Defra, Ricardo undertook a Well being Affect Analysis that assessed human heath influence and related price of wooden burning (and different stable fuels) throughout the Larger London area.