Improve Air Quality with a smart data approach

In an interview with DKSR – Data Competence Center for Cities & Regions, Martin Montag, Head of Sales Public Sector, explains how environmental data can achieve significant added value thanks to data platforms and why inter-municipal cooperation provides the best basis for rapid progress.

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The Great Smog 1952: Anniversary of an Urban Environmental Disaster

How a disaster became the starting point for clean air legislation

The beginning of December marked the 70th anniversary of unprecedented air pollution in London. It led to 10,000 deaths and 200,000 serious illnesses. The ”Great Smog” was a severe air pollution event that hit the British capital from 5 to 9 December 1952: a cold spell combined with unfavourable high-pressure weather and calm winds led to a build-up of air pollutants that formed a thick layer of smog over the city. Visibility in London dropped to below 2 metres.

The excessive burning of coal caused this heavy pollution. The impacts of the smog on the human respiratory system killed 4,000 people in the days of the smog and another 6,000 in the months that followed. Every day for five days, according to the British Meteorological Service, 1000 tonnes of smoke particles, 2000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other gases were released.

The Great Smog is the period with the worst air pollution in British history. At the same time, it was also a significant event in terms of its impact on environmental research, government regulation and public awareness of the link between air quality and health. In 1956, the Clean Air Act was passed in the UK. Corresponding laws and regulations followed throughout Europe.

Caring about the future: planning for climate and environment in the fiscal year 2023

Currently, budget planning is on the way in most of municipalities.

Particularly in the area of climate and environment, it will not be sufficient to update the existing values. On the one hand, because the current situation poses new challenges for the municipalities but also holds a multitude of opportunities in store, and on the other hand, after a phase marked by the pandemic, the citizens now again expect measures to shape the future actively. Last but not least, the announced tightening of the EU directive on air pollutant limits in the direction of the stricter WHO recommendations must not be lost sight of: Those who proactively position themselves well here will certainly be able to react better to critical situations and thus avoid drastic measures.

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Hawa Dawa data products turn environmental data into relevant information for citizens and administrations

Environmental impacts have become an integral part of the “urban development and traffic planning” field of action. Heat waves and increased traffic volumes are just two of the many effects of climate change and urbanization that make the topic of “environment” even more critical.

For concretely considering environmental influences in planning and decision-making, relevant environmental data must be reliable and available at all times. Read more

Eco-sensitive traffic management

Interview with Frank Felten and Matthew Fullerton

Transport has a key role to play in efforts to improve air quality. In our interview with Frank Felten, Chief Product Officer at Hawa Dawa, and Matt Fullerton, Chief Technical Officer for Software & Hardware at Hawa Dawa, we shed light on this relation. What approaches are there? What is critical? What hurdles need to be overcome?

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Saubere Luft – Eine Aufgabe innerhalb der kommunalen Daseinsfürsorge

This post is only available in German

In der EU besteht ein Recht auf saubere Luft (mehr dazu hier). Daher sind die Mitgliedstaaten verpflichtet, Maßnahmen zu ergreifen, um die Luftschadstoffe zu senken.

Die Grundlage dafür bildet die EU-Luftreinhalterichtlinie (2008/50/EG). Die von der Bundesregierung beschlossene Verordnung über Luftqualitätsstandards und Emissionshöchstmengen (39. BImSchV) setzt diese EU-Richtlinie in nationales Recht um. Zur Verbesserung der Luftqualität legt sie Grenzwerte für Schadstoffkonzentrationen in der (Umgebungs-)Luft fest.

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Air quality data – a pioneer in the municipal open data movement

Open data and data sovereignty are key terms when municipalities think about digitalisation or Smart City.

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Digitisation, Climate Protection and Sustainability: Chances and Challenges for Cities

Martin Montag, Head of Sales Public Sector, discussed the topic “opportunities of digitisation” in the course of the network meeting “Junge Bürgermeiter*innen”. It is an exciting topic, as municipalities face many challenges and opportunities at the interface of climate protection, sustainability, and digitisation. Here are some spotlights on the topic:

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New WHO guidelines on air pollution – what’s their meaning?

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

Podcast: Air Quality Sensor Network in Ulm

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.

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