Leeds city council, Greater London Authority and London Electric Vehicle Company were among the winners at the National Air Quality Awards, announced at a glittering reception at Lordâ€™s Cricket Ground, yesterday evening (4 October).
Niki Welch, head of retrofit engineering at exhaust specialist Eminox, was crowned the 2018 Air Quality Champion for his work developing emissions reductions technology in buses and trucks, which is thought to have contributed to a 25,000 tonne reduction in NOx emissions.
Other winners included Hackney Council for its vehicle fleet project, Oxford city councilâ€™s STOP â€“ Schools Tackling Oxfordâ€™s Air Pollution campaign, HS2 & Arup, Hilson Moran Manchester, City of London Corporation for its project to deliver clean air at Sir John Cass Primary School.
The awards, organised by AirQualityNews.com in partnership with Mercedes Benz Trucks, is now in its fourth year.
Support for the event also came from Calor, Beama, Imperial & Videalert, Gramm Barrier Systems SmogStop, Eminox, Toyota and Urban Transport Group.
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This year, over 80 entries were put forward across the nine categories, which were scrutinised by an expert judging panel.
The 2018 judging panel included Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Rebecca Fuller, Assistant Director, Urban Transport Group and Will Date, Editor of airqualitynews.com.
Following on from the National Air Quality Conference, which took place at the same venue during the day, the awards were opened by Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution â€“ who applauded the finalists for their work in improving air quality.
He reminded the audience that there is a huge public health cost from air pollution. And after highlighting the range of sources of air pollution, including transport, he claimed that â€œpeople are voting with their feet over diesel cars because of diesel pollution and also Brexitâ€.
The MP continued: â€œThe government needs to act on air quality and my concern is that it is not acting promptly enough. It is possibly because they think industry doesnâ€™t want to change. But, unless we adapt and change we wonâ€™t be in a position to lead export markets with low emission cars and products.â€
And, Mr Davies referenced indoor air pollution and growing concerns as well as confusion over the topic. â€œPeople will start to believe its unsafe to be outside and bad to be inside with sprays, cleaners, candles, perfumes and paint. There should be proper labelling on these products and in some cases these should be banned.â€
On the Awards front, Leeds city councilâ€™s Zero Emissions Refrigeration Unit project, carried out in tandem with Dearman, won the Innovation in Air Quality Technology Award. The project saw the council trial a refrigerated lorry cooled by liquid nitrogen as an alternative to diesel, which helped to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions on the cityâ€™s streets.
Greater London Authority and Transport for London picked up the Passenger Transport Air Quality Award for their work in introducing Low Emission Bus Zones, in five locations across the capitals. The Zones have helped to remove highly polluting buses from some of the cityâ€™s most polluted areas, replacing them with retrofitted or newer vehicles.
In the Vehicle Fleet Air Quality Initiative of the Year category, the Hackney Fleet Project was recognised for its work to switch a significant proportion of its vehicle fleet to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles. The council is also pioneering Hydro-treated Vegetable Oils as a fuel in a bid to test the scope for further reductions in nitrogen dioxide.
London Electric Vehicle Company â€“ the developer of the TX eCity range-extended electric taxi â€“ was crowned the Leader in Low Emission Mobility for its work in leading the low emission vehicle charge in the taxi sector, whilst refreshing the image of the iconic London black cab.
In the Commercial Sector Air Quality Initiative of the Year category, ARUP and HS2 were recognised for their work to apply stringent environmental standards during operations through activities to deliver a major infrastructure project.
Consultancy firm Hilson Moran received the inaugural Indoor Air Quality Initiative of the Year Award for their work in fitting out a new Manchester Office, one of the first outside of London to be awarded the WELL Certification.
The project incorporated green moss walls, selected plants to suck benzene, formaldehyde, and other air pollutants out of the atmosphere, used kitchen cupboards made from potato skin and straw to avoid the use of high VOC materials to improve health and wellbeing within the workspace.
The Air Quality Communications Initiative of the Year Award was given to Oxford city council for its STOP campaign. Through the project, Oxford delivered real-time NO2 and PM10 air quality monitors in six Oxford schools alongside an air quality educational toolkit to teach children about the causes and impacts of air pollution.
City of London Corporation and St John Cassâ€™s Primary School were recognised for their long-running work to deliver significant improvements in NO2 at what was once labelled â€˜one of the most polluted schools in the countryâ€™ â€“ with concentrations at the school falling below legal limit values for the first time since 2003.
And finally, Eminoxâ€™s Niki Welch picked up the Air Quality Champion gong in a category that also included Dr David Carslaw from Ricardo Energy and Environment, Emily Norman, Head Teacher at St Maryâ€™s Bryanston Square School, David Evans from Airtopia, Cllr Clyde Loakes of the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Nick Molden founder and chief executive of Emissions Analytics.
The full list of finalists and winners includes:
Winner: Leeds Liquid Nitrogen Trailer Refrigeration Unit Project â€“ Leeds City Council
An Innovative Approach to Improve UK Air Quality Using Geofence Technology and Telematics â€“ Electric Blue UK
The AdBlueÂ® pouch by Yara
Airbubbl â€“ Airlabs
EarthSense Provide Integrated & Accessible Data with MappAir™ Technology
Innovative collaboration unlocks the route to reduced emissions â€“ Videalart & Imperial
Winner: Low Emission Bus Zones â€“ Greater London Authority and Transport for London
Electric solar powered bus â€“ The Big Lemon
Oxford Road Cycleway â€“ Transport for Greater Manchester
Liverpool City Region, Strategic Interventions Study to Improve Air Quality, MerseyTravel
Winner: The Hackney Fleet Project â€“ London Borough of Hackney
Smart Electric Urban Logistics â€“ Cross River Partnership
Plugged in for cleaner council vehicles on Leeds roads â€“ Leeds City Council
Cleaner O2, A Bywaters Partnership
A cleaner fuel for cleaner air reduces NOx emissions by 47% â€“ Certas Energy with Brakes Group
Better deliveries for better cities â€“ Zedify
Winner: London Electric Vehicle Company
Time to Stop Idling: Perpetual V2G Systems
The AdBlue Pouch, Yara
Winner: STOP â€“ Schoolâ€™s Tackling Oxfordâ€™s Air Pollution â€“ Oxford City Council
Go Ultra Low campaign â€“ Supported by OLEV, Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, VW and the SMMT
#5MileLeeds Challenge & Clean Air Day 2018 â€“ Leeds City Council
Mums for Lungs
Londonâ€™s Air Quality Alerts System â€“ The Mayor of London, Greater London Authority and Kingâ€™s College London
Idling Action campaign (delivered by CWC Environmental and Green Gumption on behalf of 18 local authorities in London)
Driving behaviour change with Clean Air Day â€“ National Express West Midlands and Birmingham City Council
Winner: Air Quality Mitigation During Construction, setting a new standard â€“ Ove Arup and Partners on behalf of HS2
Better deliveries for better cities â€“ Zedify
Cleaner O2:Â A Bywaters Partnership
Winner: A solution to indoor air quality â€“ Hilson Moran, Manchester
ADROIT â€“ Clean Air for every home â€“ Airflow Developments Ltd
Clean air for retail workers â€“ Airlabs & Stella McCartney
Delivering Cleaner Air at Sir John Cassâ€™s Foundation Primary School â€“ City of London
Enjoy Waltham Forest â€“ Waltham Forest Council
Low emissions and high recycling in the Heart of London â€“ Westminster City Council
Go Ultra Low programme â€“ Nottingham City Council
The Hackney Fleet Project â€“ LB Hackney
Low Emission Bus Zones â€“ Greater London Authority and Transport for London
Winner: Niki Welch, Eminox
Dr David Carslaw, Ricardo
Emily Norman, Head Teacher, St Maryâ€™s Bryanston Square School
David Evans, Airtopia
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest Council
Nick Molden, Emissions Analytics