Vortex IoT, a technology company that provides low maintenance air quality monitoring sensors is to help councils go climate positive by planting a tree for every device sold.
Supporting its customers in reducing environmental impact is at the heart of Vortex IoT. The company is therefore delighted to announce that it will be planting a tree for each sensor sold to help local councils adapt to climate change. According to Trees in Cities, a single mature tree can absorb up to 22 kg of carbon dioxide in one year. It is thought that globally our forests absorb 40% of manmade CO2 emissions before it reaches our outer atmosphere where it traps more heat.
Vortex IoT is on a mission to clean up the air. Vortex IoT’s air quality monitoring sensors help councils meet net zero targets and enable councils to create new urban business models. The sensors detect levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3), and particulates PM2.5 and PM10. They provide actionable intelligence so that councils can change traffic behaviour and improve air quality. Furthermore, they are “fit and forgetâ€? and are managed remotely, so help to reduce emissions caused from driving to service, calibrate, update, or replace sensors.
Said CEO, Adrian Sutton ‘Planting trees as part of our service will make positive contribution to mitigating climate change. This is because trees produce oxygen and planting more of them will help our councils clean up the air in cities by absorbing climate dioxide and producing oxygen. We hope that all councils will follow the example of our customer Hammersmith and Fulham council. It is rolling out the largest density of sensors in Europe to monitor air quality to gain greater control over the pollution ruining public health and damaging our environment. We are looking forward to helping them increase their tree canopy and will be donating 56 trees.’
It is estimated that 2,367,000 tonnes of carbon is stored in London’s trees alone, with an estimated value of £147million to the UK’s economy. One mature leafy tree can produce enough oxygen to allow 10 of us to breathe. This is most important of all in densely populated and polluted areas like cities, where average oxygen levels are expected to be at least 6% lower.
Trees also soak up a range of other pollutants and toxins which are emitted by everyday activities. This is more vital than ever these days, as air pollution – particularly in urban areas – means the air we breathe is reaching (or exceeding) toxic levels. With 8 out of 10 people living in built up towns and cities, planting more trees in cities will have a greater impact on the health of a larger number of people in the population.
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