By reducing the recommended heights, existing laws come under pressure – or at least are being questioned. While the European Air Pollution Control Directive largely complied with the previous WHO recommendations from 2005, gaps are now apparent. The EU has already announced a revision and launched the corresponding consultation. Read more
Air quality, environmental protection and health are topics that are constantly gaining attention not only throughout Germany, but also in Ulm. With sensors, we lay the foundation for our own urban measurement series at the Eselsberg in the Zukunftskommune@bw project. The partner in the project is the technology provider “HawaDawa”, which was awarded “Digital Startup of the Year” by the Ministry of Economy and Energy in 2020. In this episode, project manager Kai Weinmüller, from the Ulm initiative group Sustainable Economic Development, together with Karim Tarraf, the managing director of HawaDawa, gives exciting insights into the project and previous findings.
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In an interview for RESPOND, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation, said: “The fact that sustainability and digitization can work very well together is also demonstrated by your ‘Tech for Good’ projects. I’m thinking of the RESPOND startup Hawa Dawa from Munich, for example, which makes air quality visible. It provides an important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses to reduce air pollution….” In her intro, she referred to the federal government’s goal of taking sustainability and digitization into account in all strategies. According to Dorothee Bär, the German sustainability strategy is based on two principles:
- use the numerous opportunities of digitization for sustainability
- avoid risks to people and the environment
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Jakob Smretschnig, a master’s student of Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich supporting the Hawa Dawa software team talks about sources and impacts of, and countermeasures against air pollution. Read more
The winterly weather conditions made the difference in handling and convenience particularly obvious. While tube collectors require a lot of manual handling – including collecting them one-by-one – the Hawa Dawa solution delivers the air quality information conveniently to your desk.
This is only one of the benefits. Additionally, traditional tube collectors deliver one average value of NO2 concentration per month, whereas Hawa Dawa includes PM2.5, PM10 and O3 real-time values at any time.
And the cost? The total cost of ownership for the Hawa Dawa solution is about 50% of the tube collector’s cost.
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A deeper analysis for Munich
The COVID-19 pandemic has infected about 13 million people and claimed more than 550 thousand deaths worldwide by 14 July 2020. It has been reported in research that high air pollution may be “one of the most important contributors to deaths from COVID-19”. Studies show a positive correlation between particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide to health damage and, more specifically, to diseases related to the lungs like pneumonia, which makes people suffering from these ailments more susceptible to COVID 19. On the other hand, due to the lockdown measures, significant improvement in air quality has been witnessed. Read more
- How can the increasing importance of air quality data be explained?
- Why are the available measurements and data usually insufficient?
- What does cooperation with cities look like?
(The complete interview is available in German only)