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NCL Launches New Site Suitability Indicator (SSI) For New Residential Development
AQC's sister company, Noise Consultants Limited (NCL) has launched its Site Suitability Indicator (SSI), a freely available online resource which aims to help provide noise practitioners, developers, and Local Planning Authorities with an initial understanding of the suitability of sites in England for new residential development from a noise perspective.
Post-Lockdown Urban Planning: New Service to Support the Urgent Requirement for Temporary and Permanent Pedestrian and Cycleway Infrastructure
Together with PJA, specialists in transport planning, placemaking and engineering, we have launched a service to support the urgent requirement for changes to our urban environments.
AQC Responds to Defra call for Evidence on Air Quality Changes as a Result of COVID-19 Lockdown
Air Quality Consultants Ltd has updated its analysis of the impacts of the COVID-19 social and travel restrictions on air quality in response to Defra’s call for evidence. The analysis uses statistical models to remove the effects of weather, which would otherwise obscure trends. NOx and NO2 concentrations at the roadside have both fallen by about 30% on average as a result of the pandemic. Roadside ozone concentrations have increased following the lockdown.
AQC Launches New Environmental Policy & Economics Team with the Appointment of Ben Grebot
AQC announces the appointment of Ben Grebot as Director of its new Environmental Policy & Economics team. Ben has 18 years’ experience in the delivery, management and direction of high-profile consultancy projects for public and private sector clients around the world concerning environmental policy. He has expertise in a broad range of areas including air quality and emissions, climate change and industrial pollution control policy.
AQC's Sister Company, Logika Consultants, is Sponsoring the Built Networking Webinar "Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure"
Logika Consultants is pleased to be sponsoring the Built Environment Networking webinar ‘Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure’. The webinar will focus on the climate emergency and sustainable infrastructure – looking at the role the built environment must play.
AQC Analysis Isolates Changes in Pollutant Concentrations at 247 Sites Across the UK as a Result of COVID-19
AQC has further updated its analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 social and travel restrictions on air quality. Trends in raw NOx, NO2 and O3 concentrations in 2020 to date continue to show no obvious influence of the social and travel restrictions implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, isolating and removing meteorological and temporal effects has revealed significant reductions in NOx and NO2 concentrations at a very large number of monitoring sites across the UK.
AQC Analysis Identifies Substantial Reductions in Roadside Pollutant Concentrations as a Result of COVID-19 Social and Travel Restrictions
Air Quality Consultants Ltd has updated its analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 social and travel restrictions on air quality. Where other published analysis has compared concentrations measured during two separate time periods without consideration of confounding factors such as meteorology, this analysis has sought to isolate some of the variation caused by meteorology from the measured ambient concentrations, and has demonstrated a substantial reduction in roadside NOx and NO2 concentrations.
AQC Investigates the Effect of COVID-19 Social and Travel Restrictions on UK Air Quality
Air Quality Consultants Ltd has analysed trends in air quality over the year to date to investigate whether the recently implemented COVID-19 social and travel restrictions have influenced air quality across the UK. No obvious influence has been identified as yet, but the analysis will be updated over the coming days/weeks/months to establish whether effects become apparent.
Defra’s Emission Factor Toolkit now Matching Measurements
Air Quality Consultants Ltd has demonstrated that reductions in NOx emissions from motor vehicles predicted by Defra’s Emission Factor Toolkit now broadly match measured data at roadside monitors. This means Air Quality Consultants’ CURED model is no longer required.
Air Quality Consultants & Noise Consultants Launch New Environmental Strategy Practice
Logika Consultants has been launched as a sister company to Air Quality Consultants and Noise Consultants. Environmental assessment and strategy expert, Toby Gibbs, will be the Managing Director.
Air Quality and Biodiversity Conference
Air Quality Consultants is contributing to CIEEM Spring Conference on ‘Assessment and Mitigation of Air Quality Impacts on Biodiversity’ on 4 March 2020
Ammonia Emissions from Roads for Assessing Impacts on Nitrogen-Sensitive Habitats
AQC has examined evidence relating to ammonia emissions from road traffic, their contribution to roadside nitrogen deposition, and how this might change in the future. AQC has also created a new emissions tool for traffic-related ammonia, which can be downloaded for use by others.