2021 saw announcements from the UK government surrounding their pact to improve air quality – with over £9 million in Air Quality Grants for authorities in certain areas to aid in their clean air plans.
The Air Quality Grants opened for applications beginning October 2021 and is there to aid measures that will benefit business, schools and communities as a whole in understanding air purification.
The lack of awareness pre pandemic on the effects of air pollution on our bodies was shocking, with the pandemic forcing the nation to really look at the air quality as we all wore masks and began to realise and hone in on the fact that just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is safe.
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There was a recommendation made in relation to preventing future deaths that there be more awareness campaigns and more general public knowledge surrounding the catastrophic potential that air pollution holds. The death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah has been described as a ‘landmark decision’ by Professor Gavin Shaddick – a government air pollution adviser.
With Ella’s tragic death at the forefront and the fact that this was the first time in history that a UK cause of death has stated air pollution – a recommendation was made in the Coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths report that there be more public awareness campaigns surrounding the effects of air pollution. The government has pledged £1 million so far to awareness campaigns for local communities about the risks.
Criteria of the grant was for the following areas:
- Steps to limit exposure
- Improving air quality knowledge
- Reducing air pollution
It is essential that the people of this nation are aware of the steps that they can take to limit their exposure, be that protocols in the home, best practices outdoors, the benefits of air purification as well as having the knowledge of air pollution hotspots, allowing them to avoid those areas.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:
“Air quality has improved significantly since 2010 but still poses enormous health risks, which is why we are boosting our funding to local authorities to help them take action.
While we are moving in the right direction with air pollution issues, there needs to be more done and at OKTOair, we are pioneering the air purification sector, with our world leading technology, providing clean, safe air to all. This year is going to be a big one, with our Landmark Environment Bill holding us to the mission of setting two new air quality standards targets by October.
With local authorities receiving the much needed funding, increased public awareness on air pollution there is a greener future at the end of the tunnel and we are the world leading air purification solution with our DFS, HEPA filter air purifier exceeding technology.