23rd June 2011
Car Pollution Crackdown will Save Lives but Comes at a Cost
Simon Benson in Sydney – The Advertiser – 11th June 2011
“The national emission standards will target chemicals that are responsible for dangerous forms of pollution, now linked to hundreds of premature deaths a year across the country. The Government said the measures, expected to be announced today, will save more than $1.5 billion in public health expenditure over the next 20 years by reducing illnesses linked to smog.”
It is important to understand that by reducing outdoor air pollution we will in turn reduce indoor air pollution resulting in better indoor air quality and better health. In offices around Australia polluted outdoor air is what is drawn in by air-conditioning units supplying air to the indoor environment. Air-conditioning units are not air filters and only contain a filter that will prevent large particles from damaging the equipment. Indoor air quality monitoring conducted by Ecolibria in city offices and those in close proximity to busy roads has revealed elevated levels of carbon monoxide ( CO ), ultrafine particulate matter and hydrocarbons.
These new national emission standards are most welcome and will contribute to cleaner air for all.