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Clean Air Day 2018

Essential maintenance will be taking place on a number of online systems on Sunday 24 June between 10am and 5pm. This may lead to some parts of the website being unavailable at times. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Join in national Clean Air Day on 21 June and help raise awareness of air pollution and the things we can all do to reduce it. Make a pledge to try something new on Clean Air Day.  You can also sign up to our green newsletter and we’ll send you our top tips on how to improve air quality.

 

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Make a pledge

 

Not sure what to pledge?  Here are some ideas:

  • Leave my car at home on 21 June
  • Walk my children to school on 21 June
  • Switch off my engine whenever I can on 21 June
  • Share tips to cut air pollution with others on 21 June
  • Walk, cycle or take public transport to work or school on 21 June

Cornwall has nine Air Quality Management Areas and Cornwall Council is taking action in all of them to help improve air quality.  But what really makes a difference is when all of us take action and do things like walking, cycling and taking public transport when we can instead of driving.  Although Clean Air Day is just one day, it can be the start of a better understanding of how changing our behaviour can improve air quality for everyone in Cornwall.

On Clean Air Day, we’ll be out with volunteers and town councils talking to drivers in St Austell, Camelford and Launceston about the benefits of switching off their engines when stopped.

Transport is a big contributor to air pollution in our towns, particularly idling traffic queuing at junctions.  If drivers switch off their engines when their cars are stopped for one minute or more, pollution can be reduced by 20-30%.  It also saves drivers money on fuel and maintenance costs.

One of the key ways to improve air quality is to leave your car at home.  Sustainable travel like public transport and car sharing reduces congestion on our roads, and walking and cycling can also improve your health. Why not try the Truro Park and Ride service if you are travelling into Truro.

People sometimes assume that walkers and cyclists are exposed to more pollution than those in cars.  But car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than cyclists.

There are also simple things walkers and cyclists can do to reduce their exposure to air pollution like avoiding routes with busy traffic and travelling on quieter streets.  If you can’t avoid a busy route, even walking as far from the kerb as possible will cut your exposure to pollution.

If you’re thinking about changing your car, consider choosing a greener model.  Road transport causes most air pollution, so low-emission electric vehicles (EVs) are the future. Plus their lifetime costs are less than you might think. So explore an electric, hybrid or LPG model – you’ll save on your road tax too. Find out more about EVs and book a test drive at Go Ultra Low.

If you’re not ready for an EV, then use the EQUA Air Quality Index to check up on emissions for conventional petrol and diesel cars.  Enter a make, model and year to see how your chosen vehicle performs. 

Further information about Clean Air Day is available on the Clean Air Day website.  If you would like further information about air quality in Cornwall, please visit our air quality pages or select the relevant link from the menu.