Life after lockdown – exploring what lessons can be learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on air qualit

Life after lockdown – exploring what lessons can be learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on air qualit
8 Jun 2020
Online webinar

Live webinar: Monday 8 June, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Life after lockdown – exploring what lessons can be learnt from the impact of COVID-19 on air quality

As countries around the world face the terrible health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigation measures introduced to supress transmission of the virus are having significant impact on the quality of the air that we breathe. The scale of intervention actions being taken by governments give a rare insight into the impact that our ‘normal behaviours’ have had on our environment.

Concentrations of key air pollutants, such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), have declined significantly worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic providing insight into what a low-emission future could look like. Ambient air quality, pre-pandemic, was identified as the world’s largest environmental health threat (GAHP) and was associated with over 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide each year (WHO). Whilst current attention is rightly focussed on fighting COVID-19 – we ask can today's cleaner air inspire us all to create a more sustainable society, reducing environmental impacts and keeping pollution levels lower in the long-term?

About this webinar

In this first of three free webinars, our experts draw on their experience of supporting authorities and the government in monitoring and modelling the UK’s air quality to examine pollution levels before, during and after COVID-19, outlining what the data can teach us and exploring how organisations can adapt business operations to keep pollution levels low long-term.

During this webinar we examine the air quality evidence to understand:

  • What air pollution levels have changed during lockdown?
  • How improved data collection, combined with supporting datasets and enhanced analysis can be used to yield greater insight
  • What specific factors are driving these changes?
  • What impact could the ‘new normal’ scenarios have on air quality?

Who should attend?

  • Policy officers/Managers
  • Sustainability and environmental managers
  • Air quality specialists
  • Transport planners
  • Public health managers

There will be the opportunity throughout the webinar to ask questions and we welcome questions submitted ahead of time to help us tailor content to your needs.

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