Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people worldwide and causes 40,000 premature deaths per year in the UK, According to WHO estimates,.
Poor air quality causes harm to our environment, our health, and the economy.
Air pollution is the single biggest environmental risk to people today and the fourth largest risk to public health after Cancer, Obesity and Heart Disease.
In what ways can air pollution affect our health?
Consistent exposure to air pollution is a known cause of breathing difficulties and other long-term conditions such as asthma. In recent studies, there has even been a recognised link between long term exposure to air pollutants and an increased risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes.
Air pollution is also linked to the increased occurrence of heart disease and strokes and has been proven to lower birth rates, cause impaired neurological development and has also been linked to Alzheimer’s.
The economic impact of poor air quality
The Global cost of air pollution exceeds 5$ trillion/year according to the World Bank. A report by CBI Economics, ‘Breathing life into the UK economy shows that the UK economy could benefit by £1.6 billion annually by reducing premature deaths, sickness absence and lower productivity at work if the UK met the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for air pollution which are stricter than the current UK legal limits.
Who does air pollution affect?
Air pollution affects almost everyone- In 2016, 91% of the world population were living in places where the (WHO) air quality guidelines levels were not met.
Air pollution violates the basic right to a healthy environment, something that all human beings should have a right to. It is, therefore, crucial for city and national governments to make urban air quality a health and development priority.
How can we help?
At Pilot Group we believe that everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
We are passionate about making this a reality through the provision of Smart, Safe and Sustainable integrated air quality monitoring and traffic solutions.
Alongside our sustainable traffic solutions offering, our portfolio of businesses includes high-quality, efficient Hilclare LED lighting and industry-leading Energy Management Systems (EMS), helping businesses save an average of 60% on their heating bills.