£3 million awarded to help tackle air pollution

22 Jul 2020 12:17 PM

The funding will support six multidisciplinary research networks that will address future air quality challenges at the indoor-outdoor interface.

UK Research and Innovation has awarded £3 million to support six research networks that will investigate solutions to air pollution.

Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, according to DEFRA’s Clean Air Strategy. The new multidisciplinary networks will drive forward research and innovation to help tackle major air quality challenges within both indoor and outdoor spaces including home, school, work, and public transport.

The topics will include: exposure to airborne biological material; urban and building ventilation design; air quality impacts of decarbonisation and low emission transport; and protection for groups most at risk, including designing healthy schools.

Decarbonisation and the drive to net zero suggest future scenarios where road traffic pollution is reduced, new buildings become increasingly sealed for energy efficiency, and people spend more time indoors as they work and study at home using technology to stay connected. This will increase the importance and influence of indoor air pollution on outdoor air quality, and vice versa, and on our health.

View the full article on the UKRI website.