Clean Air Tool
Find out how changing the way you travel
can benefit the world around you.
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HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL EACH WEEK?
SWITCHing FROM A DIeSEL VAN TO…
ENTER POLLUTANT AMOUNT
SELECT POLLUTANT TYPE
Over 1 year, you would save an estimated XXkg of CO2, and XXg of NOx, and XXg of PM2.5
How many forest fires will you prevent?
Emissions from football pitch-sized forest fire
By how many days will it extend your lifespan?
day off the average human lifespan
What cost will you save the UK economy?
on productivity and healthcare costs by the government
How many square metres of arctic ice will you save?
square metre of
arctic ice saved
for one day
this amount of
CO2 in one day
amount of NOx
in one day
tree to filter out PM2.5
Data for this equivalence is not currently available. Please change the transport mode to ‘Bike’ for the nearest estimate at the present time.
High levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere collect and store so much heat that weather patterns change, temperatures rise, and other climate changes occur.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) damages your respiratory system over time. It is also a component of acid rain which is harmful to vegetation and, as a consequence, animals.
Particulate matter are tiny particles that can damage your lungs and get into the bloodstream, reaching your heart and brain and increasing your risk of heart attack and, possibly, stroke and dementia.
Zero- and low-emission vehicles (ZLEVs) can reduce your fuel and running costs and are exempt from London’s Congestion Zone, Toxicity-charge (T-charge) and Ultra Low Emission Zone charges. Organisations can contact CRP for help transitioning to ZLEVs.
Cargo bikes are a fun way for individuals to run errands while getting in some exercise. For businesses, in addition to a zero- or low-emission way to receive or deliver goods, using a cargo-bike can be more efficient and quicker than a car or van – especially within London. Organisations can contact CRP for advice on how to try or buy cargo bikes.
Walking briskly for just ten minutes every day is good for us. Walking burns calories, reduces stress, and boosts your mood and energy levels. Cycling, like walking, is suitable for nearly all fitness levels with the same health benefits. It is also a quicker way to get around while reducing your travel costs. NHS has more information available on the benefits of walking and cycling, as well as how to get started.
CRP’s Clean Air Route Finder can help you find walking and cycling routes with a lower exposure to harmful air pollutants.
The Clean Air Tool aims to help users better understand the impact of switching from a diesel van to a cleaner mode of transport by calculating and visualising their emission savings.
Cross River Partnership calculated the potential reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions based on switching from a diesel van using U.K. fleet average emissions1, an assumed average vehicle speed2, and the average trip length within Greater London3 .
Working with a climate change consultant, we selected scenarios that are easier to visualize and calculated conversion factors for each emission type.
It is not possible to cover all sources of emissions, and several assumptions have been made in creating the conversion factors. Therefore, the results from the calculation tool are only to serve as a gauge, rather than a precise calculation. The methodology will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have further questions, please contact CRP.
1Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ Emissions Factors Toolkit, https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html
2from TfL’s Travel in London Report 9, http://content.tfl.gov.uk/travel-in-london-report-9.pdf
3 taking the average distance from central Westminster to M25 via the main arterial routes (A1, A2, A4 and A13)
The Clean Air Tool was developed as part of Clean Air Villages 3 (CAV3) funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The CAV3 partners included 12 boroughs and 4 business improvement districts.See Partners