Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
Air pollution is a serious threat to the environment, as well as the health and wellbeing of humans. The term air pollution is wide-ranging and incorporates emissions into the air of hazardous gases, mists, fumes, smoke and dust to name but a few.
Both businesses and individuals create air pollution. For individuals it will primarily be through car use which gives out toxic exhaust fumes, or from the burning of fuel for heating. Businesses will usually be heavier polluters than individuals due to their size, with pollution coming as a result of their operations as emissions are released into the air. Also, although not directly produced by them, the electricity needed to power the business is likely to have been produced in a power station which burns fossil fuels and releases harmful gases into the air.
The increasing regulatory and brand/image pressures on companies today means that they are paying more attention to their environmental responsibilities and the damage which they actually do or have the potential to wreak on the environment. Environmental qualifications including the popular NEBOSH Environmental Certificate have given delegates a greater level of knowledge and understanding regarding how the operations of the business can affect the environment and what their responsibilities are.
Ways of Reducing Air Pollution
Businesses and individuals should strive to reduce their emissions to the air and their subsequent impact upon the surrounding environment. This will not only benefit the environment and the health of the local population, but is also likely to result in significant financial savings over the long-term as businesses become more energy efficient and reduce waste.
Various ways of reducing air pollution exist. Some of the main ones are:
- Disposing of waste in other ways rather then burning it, which releases toxic gases into the air
- Installing alternative means of electricity generation such as solar panels or wind turbines rather than relying on energy from the grid which is likely to have been produced by power stations burning coal or oil
- Altering production processes which do not create as much or any air pollution
- Switching to different materials which do not give off toxic gases when burnt
- Walking or cycling instead of using cars. If cars have to be used, consider car sharing if practical to avoid the number of cars needed to be driven to work by employees