ClairCity newsletter ClairCity newsletter December 2019 - Page 6

GreenAnts App Air quality management apps are gaining popularity in Europe as a way for citizens to actively shape health in their communities. Last month we tested ClairCity: GreenAnts to understand how this technology can support future cities. This month we tested a citizen- led air quality management app, developed by our partners NILU (the Norwegian Institute for Air Research). Mass participation and smartphone technology can be a powerful approach to environmental monitoring and is growing in demand. Therefore, we wanted to explore what people in our partner cities and regions think of these types of solutions. The app allows people to work together in groups, gathering data on their transport activities to build a collective picture of how their travel influences air pollution exposure. In doing so, cities can in theory improve the resolution of monitoring data, visualise an otherwise invisible threat, and help businesses, governments and interest groups to take action on air quality. We will update you on what testers thought next time. Beyond Business as Usual In September we interviewed our head modeller Kris Vanherle to learn a bit more about scientific modelling. This is an excerpt from our blog. “When assessing the BAU scenario in the ClairCity project, we’ve found that air quality will improve over time. This is due to existing policy measures coming into full Example of emissions modelling, showing how current pledges effect, in combination with (business as usual) will almost certainly exceed 2°C warming. Source: World bank, Turn down the heat (2012) generic technological trends. These trends include the uptake of electric vehicles and continue to lead to long-term as it is expected air lower domestic energy demand exceedances of EU air quality quality standards will tighten with new building techniques. limits in the immediate future. further as evidence mounts for the adverse health effects from However, air pollution is not ...we need strong action to even low levels of pollution... solved in full in the BAU reduce pollution levels city authorities in particular will scenario, which means that immediately. Examples of have to be more ambitious”. people will continue to suffer effective measures to address the health impacts. Even this are restricting access for Read the full interview here: zero-emission electric vehicles polluting cars in city centres or cannot solve the problem due banning the use of solid fuels business-usual-just-not-good- to particulate matter emitted for residential heating (and enough/ from tyre and brake wear and actually enforcing the ban!). tear. Moreover, the pace of improvement is slow and will Action is also needed in the 6