Increasing air pollution has led to high demand for air quality control system

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Increasing air pollution has led to high demand for air quality control system

 

As we move to metro cities, the quality of life improves, does it? Well, that could be subjective. But there’s one thing that deteriorates for sure and we have figures to support that. The air quality.

Particularly in developing countries, it is even worse. Exhaust gases & toxic pollutants are released in the air without proper treatment. This has compelled government bodies & civil societies to reduce carbon footprint by following air quality control systems.

 

Chart composed by Oizom based on research conducted by University of British Columbia in 2016

Oizom FactFile: 1 in 8 global deaths is caused by pollution. Only cigarette smoking, poor diet & high blood pressure kill more people than air pollution.

Chart composed by Oizom based on research conducted by University of British Columbia in 2016

If regulatory measures & proper air quality control systems are not implemented, the death toll will rise to double this amount by 2050.

The deterioration in the air quality is profound, the environmental problems arising due to the same are severe and the levels of certain pollutants like SPM & particularly PM10 are critical. The resultant effects on climate are serious and the economic costs associated with the health impacts of poor air quality are colossal. At times like this, to monitor the air quality becomes of paramount importance and to take proactive steps in prevention, control and mitigation of air pollution by securing the execution of air quality control systems becomes imperative.

Oizom FactFile: The level of pollutants in the air of New Delhi & Beijing have risen to a whopping 1200 percent higher than WHO guidelines.

All this has led to an emerging market for air quality control systems. The Asia-Pacific air quality control systems market alone is expected to cross more than $40 billion by 2019, with a projected CAGR of 6.7% as per a research conducted by researchandmarkets.com.

Oizom CaseFile: The classic case of implementing proper air quality control systems is that of Mexico City. One of the largest megacities of the world with over 20 million inhabitants, the city faced severe air quality problems in the 1980s being measured at that time as the worst-polluted central area. Mortality associated with air pollution was in excess of 30 percent. Within 20 years of effective implementation of air quality control systems, the city brought down the levels of toxic emissions to half, resulting in estimated reduction of deaths due to air pollution by 50 percent. SOlevels in the ambient air saw a massive reduction of 90 percent within 5 years.

Air quality control systems is in fact a convenient method of ‘closing the loop’ for industries contributing massively to pollution. If industries start implementing such systems by themselves, there will be a lesser need of interventions from government bodies & civil societies. However, to effectively implement such systems, it is necessary to have data on air quality of different cities so that localized approach can be applied.

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New age clean-tech start-ups have realized the importance of this and have harnessed technology for major enhancements in air quality control systems.

Do you have ideas for a healthier Earth? What step would you take for your next breath to be cleaner? Share your thoughts in comments.