Air Quality - Go Green, Breathe Clean!
At a time when air pollution is one of the most serious environmental risks* , DPD Ireland has launched a new air quality monitoring initiative in Dublin. In 2021, we installed air quality sensors on 104 of our Dublin delivery vans, which use laser sensors to take a picture of Dublin pollution in real time. We share this data with universities and the public because information inspires action. Did you know that trees are the lungs of our planet? They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, which is essential for all life on Earth. Trees also help to regulate the climate, provide homes for wildlife, and prevent soil erosion. All of these benefits make trees an important part of sustainability efforts to protect our planet. Planting trees is one way that we can all help to make a difference. Meet Neil McCabe our friend from Grown Forest. Grown forest is a company that plants native Irish trees in Irish soil. The more trees they plant, the more they can help reduce emissions and improve air quality. Receiving a gift from Grown Forest is an unforgettable experience. Not only do you get a beautiful, living tree, but also a paper tile with a stunning illustration related to the species of your tree. The whole package is completed with a frame made from reclaimed wood from an old Irish dance hall floorboard. It's a gift that keeps on giving, as your tree will help give new life to old-growth forests.
We have also installed sensors on 23 buildings across Dublin. These fixed sensors monitor air quality and be used to validate the remote sensors, when the van visits that location. This will generate real time maps showing PM2.5 levels street-by-street in the capital. PM2.5 (Particulate Matter) is generated by burning fossil fuels and can be harmful if it enters the lungs or blood stream, in particular for people with Asthma. DPD will install the sensors across Dublin city and share the real time air quality data with universities, authorities and the public, because information inspires action. While urban mobility accounts for 4096 of all C02 emissions of road transport and that consumers are more and more concerned by air quality, "transport companies have a responsibility to act in a sustainable manner, measure and continually reduce their impact on the environment, by innovating and adapting their processes".