Breathe London brings together some of the UK’s top health and scientific experts with leading technology companies and the seasoned science-driven advocacy experience of Environmental Defense Fund.
Dr Benjamin Barratt
PROFESSOR ALISTAIR FORBES
DR PETER HARRIS
RODERIC L. JONES
DR NICHOLAS A MARTIN
The technology company Air Monitors designed and installed the network of AQMesh air quality monitoring pods, as well as the air quality analysers that were specially adapted to operate inside the Google Street View cars. Air Monitors will also be responsible for the ongoing service and maintenance of all of the project’s air quality monitoring equipment.
Around the world, C40 Cities connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.
CERC will analyze the measurements from the sensors and cars and integrate the data with modelling to improve knowledge of London’s air quality and the sources of pollution, providing insights to tailor solutions to improve London’s air quality. A brand new interactive air quality map for Londoners is being built by CERC for Breathe London, so that people can easily understand the air quality information being collected.
Environmental Defense Fund Europe
Co-ordinating Breathe London and providing policy expertise, the EDF Europe team work closely with expert science, data and communications experts in the US-based EDF team.
Google Earth Outreach
Google is providing two Google Street View cars equipped with air quality sensing equipment, and supporting three drivers as part of Breathe London. Google is also contributing cloud storage and computing technology, as well as visualization and mapping.
Mayor of London
The Mayor of London has delivered a series of bold measures to tackle London’s filthy air, from cleaning up the bus fleet to introducing a Toxicity Charge in central London for the oldest polluting vehicles. The ULEZ, starting in central London next April, will be the toughest emission standard adopted by any city in the world and will improve air quality for millions of Londoners.
National Physical Laboratory
The National Physical Laboratory will carry out calibrations for the high-accuracy instruments inside the Google cars to confirm the accuracy of the measurements collected. They will also provide the base for the cars, and run colocation studies to ensure that the Breathe London sensors are accurate.
King’s College London
The Environmental Research Group (ERG), part of the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences at King’s College London, is a leading provider of air quality information and research in the UK. Led by Professor Frank Kelly, the ERG combines air pollution science, toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impacts of air pollution on health and the causal factors. The ERG work closely with those responsible for air quality management to support policies and actions to minimise air pollution health effects.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge University are providing input to aspects of Breathe London air quality measurements, including the synthesis and interpretation of measurements from the static and mobile network platforms.
Breathe London is guided by a diverse group of leaders and experts from a range of organizations. Representation spans academia, NGOs, and medical professionals, with a focus on environmental, public health, and children’s issues.
Its goal is to ensure Breathe London is effectively designed and delivered so that it can best advance current and planned air quality improvement policies and programs in London; and to provide strong coordination with other air quality initiatives occurring across London and throughout the UK.
Stephen Holgate, Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Southampton
Phil James, Project Director, Urban Observatory / SenseMyStreet Project
Frank Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health / Director, Environmental Research Group, King’s College London
Shaun Spiers, Executive Director, Green Alliance
Andrea Lee, Senior Campaigner, Clean Air team, Client Earth
Chris Large, Senior Partner, Global Action Plan
Joss Garman, UK Initiative Director, European Climate Foundation
Alison Cook, Director of Policy & Communications, British Lung Foundation
Nicky Philpott, Director, UK Health Alliance