In­no­va­tive trans­port so­lu­tions are vi­tal to tack­ling air pol­lu­tion

Air pol­lu­tion causes one in 10 deaths world­wide, and while it ad­versely im­pacts de­vel­op­ing coun­tries more, around 400,000 peo­ple still die pre­ma­turely from air pol­lu­tion in Europe ev­ery year.

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS - Diego Pavia

Diego Pavia is CEO at In­noEn­ergy

More­over, that num­ber does not re­flect the mil­lions of peo­ple that do not die pre­ma­turely, but who suf­fer from lung dis­ease and heart prob­lems that af­fect their qual­ity of life.

Air pol­lu­tion in Europe is pri­mar­ily caused by trans­port and heat gen­er­a­tion. There are re­gional dif­fer­ences but broadly, there are still many Euro­pean cities that fall be­low the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s safe air qual­ity rec­om­men­da­tions.

For a re­gion that has some of the most pro­gres­sive en­ergy and cli­mate tech­nolo­gies and poli­cies in the world, the fact that there are still so many pre­ma­ture deaths is shock­ing. In this day and age, smog should no longer pose a risk to our health and hap­pi­ness. We have the in­ge­nu­ity, and we cer­tainly have the re­sources; armed with the lat­est re­search in our Clean Air Chal­lenge re­port, in­dus­try has the power to make a sub­stan­tial change. And if the lat­est fore­casts are to be heeded, we only have 12 years to make a dif­fer­ence. We must act now.

What is clear from the Clean Air Chal­lenge is that in­no­va­tive trans­port so­lu­tions are crit­i­cal for com­bat­ting air pol­lu­tion. Of top pri­or­ity are the con­tin­ued roll out of elec­tric ve­hi­cles and an in­ter­con­nected net­work of fast charg­ing so­lu­tions to sup­port them. Smart trans­port sys­tems such as hy­brid fuel trains and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence traf­fic man­age­ment also have high mar­ket and tech­no­log­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness. To­gether, with the heat tech­nolo­gies iden­ti­fied in our re­port, Euro­pean cit­i­zens stand to ben­e­fit from a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in the im­pact air pol­lu­tion has on health, which will be par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for the el­derly and the young, while also sav­ing €183 bil­lion to 2025 un­der a con­ser­va­tive take up sce­nario.

But this is not a chal­lenge the mar­ket can meet by it­self. Sup­port­ive poli­cies are re­quired to help over­come some of the bar­ri­ers we face to se­cure in­vest­ment and stim­u­late trans­port tech­nol­ogy adop­tion. There is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for syn­ergy be­tween dif­fer­ent sec- tors in­clud­ing trans­port, heat, stor­age and re­new­able gen­er­a­tion, but we must take a more in­te­grated and holis­tic view and cre­ate an over­ar­ch­ing pol­icy for sus­tain­able growth. Equally, this is not just a mat­ter for gov­ern­ment and the mar­ket; there is a need for so­ci­ety to en­gage with tack­ling air pol­lu­tion too: from busi­nesses and the pub­lic sec­tor to fam­i­lies, ev­ery­body’s choices have an im­pact.

At In­noEn­ergy, we work across sev­eral sec­tors and ac­tively fa­cil­i­tate op­por­tu­ni­ties where com­pa­nies can col­lab­o­rate to bring in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to mar­ket. We of­fer sup­port in lots of dif­fer­ent ways, whether that is in­vest­ment, busi­ness skills or mar­ket ac­cess. As the sus­tain­able en­ergy en­gine for Europe, we see it as a vi­tal part of our role to sup­port in­no­va­tive trans­port so­lu­tions that can tackle air pol­lu­tion mak­ing Europe a health­ier, hap­pier place to live.­ers/17Hm­sePor8BT2DIsnnQervW48kW_ZfrU?usp =shar­ing

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