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Pollution kept in check with new project

Published Wednesday, 22 January 2014

An innovative project to monitor pollution in Enfield and improve air quality has been launched by Enfield Council and computer giant Intel.

The environmental research project will see 100 specialist pollution monitors being installed at key points across the borough to monitor levels of air pollutants, and will run for a number of years.

So far six have been installed with 94 to be fitted at a range of locations and also potentially mounted on moving objects such as refuse carts to ensure that a full picture of air pollutants can be collected.

The monitors will gauge levels of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and particulates, and will provide vital data which will inform the council as to which parts of the borough are most polluted and will feed into Enfield Council’s Air Quality Action Plan.

The borough currently has four permanent air pollution monitors which are stationed in strategic points across Enfield, however these more modern monitors will give us a better picture of pollutants unfortunately found in our air.

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said “This is an exciting project which sees us working closely with such esteemed names as Intel, University College London and Imperial College, who will be sharing their expertise with us.

“By placing so many of these high tech sensors at various key points around Enfield it will give us an even more detailed picture of what parts of the borough may have more of an issue with pollution than others, and what pollutants are where. That means we can take steps to clean up our air and protect residents from potential harm.

“More monitors, especially placed in areas near to major roads, such as the M25, A10 and A406 will give us additional information about pollutants, and the more we know about pollution in our air the better position we will be in to tackle it.”

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