Innovators and proponents of environmentally friendly business practices have long been vocal about the need to reduce air and noise pollution in order to improve our physical health. Now that COVID-19 has caused widespread respiratory issues, a spotlight has been shown on the link between respiratory health issues and air quality. Studies have correlated dirty air with worsened heart and lung risk factors for COVID-19, leading many businesses to take action to curb their emissions.
Air Pollution And Respiratory Health
Air pollution has been a major cause of respiratory health issues for decades, causing and aggravating diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. With the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, poor air quality has become everyone’s concern. Not only are people with respiratory health issues more likely to die from the virus, but areas with increased levels of air pollution also experience higher rates of COVID-19 infections.
Noise Pollution And Respiratory Health
While the link between air pollution and respiratory health is apparent, noise pollution has also been linked to respiratory issues. Studies done on daytime noise levels in the city of Madrid found evidence linking respiratory issues with high levels of noise pollution, even when adjusting the results to account for air pollution. The link makes sense, considering the fact that the heightened stress caused by noise pollution can obviously exacerbate many health issues including respiratory health.
Many organisations hold back from taking action because they don’t know where to start, or they fear that any changes would be too costly to implement.
Organisations Taking Action
As businesses begin to come back from lockdown and rebuild, many are facing changes to their business-as-usual. New working patterns have extended delivery and pickup hours to early morning and late evening. This risks extending the impact from noise pollution from vehicles and loading/unloading to the early morning and late evening which will cause significant problems for local communities.
Yet, the research advises us that the combination of noise and air pollution is causing respiratory health issues which only reinforces the importance of improving air quality to protect those who are most at risk of exposure. While certain regulations are being considered to curb levels of pollution, organisations are looking to take action to reduce their emission levels now and make an impact today.
How can we reduce pollution?
Many organisations hold back from taking action because they don’t know where to start, or they fear that any changes would be too costly to implement. EMSOL empowers businesses to find targeted actions to reduce their levels of air and noise pollution. Our focus is on reducing transport pollution, identifying specific vehicles or driver behavior that may be the cause of poor air or noise quality.
By giving innovators and teams the information and the tools necessary to reduce transport pollution, we can help businesses do their part in reducing respiratory health issues and lowering respiratory mortality. With respiratory issues at an all-time high and the threat of another coronavirus peak looming, it’s more important than ever for businesses to take action now.
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EMSOL enables organisations to take action on air and noise quality. Companies and local authorities are constantly trying new ways to grow business safely and sustainably, but most solutions have been ineffective, expensive or just not possible.
- Just monitoring air pollution tells them what they already know.
- Deploying sweeping fixes like fleet replacement are too expensive.
- Banning vehicles is impractical and takes too long to enact.
EMSOL identifies the specific source of pollution in real-time so you can actually fix the pollution problem, not just monitor it. EMSOL takes data from air quality monitors and noise monitors and fuses it with vehicle location data, then analyses the data to quickly and accurately identify the source of the pollution.
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