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Ricardo supports air pollution alert system

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Technical and environmental consultancy Ricardo has been appointed to deliver an air pollution website and alert system for eleven local authorities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Ricardo will manage the free alert service, which aims to help local residents understand their exposure to air pollution and access advice on limiting risk. Should air pollution increase to a moderate level or above, the service informs users via text or email.

Residents can sign up to the service via the Air Quality England website. The site complements the alert service, providing user-friendly AQ information for local areas. Coloured markers are used on a regional map to pinpoint areas with increased pollution levels.

Sean Christiansen, air quality director at Ricardo Energy & Environment, said: "We are working closely with the various local partners to ensure the new system meets the needs of local users, delivering a vital and reliable service."

The launch follows the publication of the government’s clean air strategy, which looks to local authorities to provide pollution alerts and cut pollution, earlier this year (EA 15-Jan-19).

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