The preservation of air cleanness, both indoor and outdoor, will be increasingly important in the coming years.
But what can we do?
Governments worldwide are showing increasing awareness on the topic: the United States were first in line, releasing their very first federal-level act on clean air as early as 1955 (the Air Pollution Control Act) and extending its scope several times since then. The European Union was next, issuing its Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution in 1970 and reviewing its policies on clean air several times over the years, laying claim today to one of the most complete package of laws in the world. Even developing countries, which have traditionally lagged behind in terms of environment protection initiatives due to their focus on industrial development, are catching up by prioritizing air quality safeguard in their most recent legislations. For instance, India started taking action in the eighties through its Air Act, providing the first framework allowing central and state entities to collect data on air pollution and formulate data-based solutions to the problem. China started taking interest in curbing air pollution through legislative initiatives in the mid-nineties, and is still updating it to these days. Of course, there’s still much to be done until we can say the world has reached a satisfactory level in clean air preservation, but the advancements we’ve witnessed so far at governmental level are definitely encouraging.
But it is important to understand that something can also be done at a “micro” level. There are in fact many technologies designed to help regular consumers reduce their individual carbon footprint, hence contributing to the improvement of the common environment, and control the level of indoor air pollutants to lead a healthier and more productive life. Our goal is precisely to review and spread awareness about those technologies, to help institutional and corporate actors on one hand, and end consumers on the other, to make informed purchasing choices with regard to the conservation of clean air.
This Blue Book is a first attempt to describe a possible path to reduce air pollution, both following some policies, and adopting some technologies, new materials, and models. It is a first edition, and it has been made at the best of the knowledge publicly available. The Blue Book does not endorse or recommend and brand or solution, and any mention of trade names, products, or services does not convey, and should not be interpreted as conveying official AQA approval. It is a first collection of the most promising technologies, materials, and solutions available, which can, ad different extent, help to reduce air pollution both indoor and outdoor.
Can these technologies solve the problem? Of course no, but they can help to assess it properly, to provide a solution to improve air quality.