Air quality projects we are currently involved with.
Joint Air Quality Initiative - JOAQUIN
JOAQUIN is a new European Union cooperation project supported by the INTERREG IV-B Northwest-Europe programme. The aim of the project is to support health-oriented air quality policies in Europe. To achieve this, the project will provide policy makers with the necessary evidence on the current local and regional situation (for example, measurements of emerging health relevant parameters), provide them with best-practice measures that can be taken and motivate them to adapt and strengthen their current air quality policies. The project has created a webpage to disseminate information, called Cleaner Air Better Health.
Buses on Melton Road are being fitted with emission filtering equipment as part of a scheme to cut nitrogen dioxide levels. We led on a joint city and county bid to secure a share of the Department for Transport's £5million Clean Bus Technology funding (CBTF) enabling filtering equipment to be installed on 32 Arriva buses operating along Loughborough Road and Melton Road, from 2014.
Further 5 Centrebus buses on Melton Road are going to be fitted with emission filtering equipment as part of a scheme to cut nitrogen dioxide levels, starting 2015. We have led on a bid to secure a share of further funding from the Department for Transport's CBTF.
Integrated Traffic Management and Air Quality - iTRAQ
iTRAQ was a project to develop a dynamic traffic management system for optimising use of the road network whilst meeting growing demands to sustain high standards of air quality in urban environments. In 2011, we took part in a one year feasibility study to develop the traffic management system using real-time data on traffic flow and air quality.
The Leicester Air Quality Monitoring Project (LAMP) utilised over 25 different instruments to monitor the air quality in Leicester from the Space Research Centre. Innovative instruments developed at the University of Leicester were matched with leading technologies from around the country to improve air quality monitoring techniques and investigate the composition and chemistry of air in Leicester over a typical summer.
The Message project developed and demonstrated the potential of diverse, low cost sensors to provide data for the planning, management and control of the environmental impacts of transport activity at urban, regional and national level.
Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management - 4M
The 4M project looked at evidence to understand and shrink the urban carbon footprint. It used data from a series of sources including the carbon emissions from domestic and non-domestic buildings; the reduction of emissions from transport through the adoption of green travel schemes and modern fuels; assessment of the contribution of green space to carbon reduction and the impact that personal carbon quotas have on the lifestyle and well-being of city dwellers.