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Clean Air Day charity launches the UK’s first personal Air Pollution Calculator
  • The UK’s first personal Air Pollution Calculator launches today via Clean Air Day coordinators, Global Action Plan. 
  • The Calculator enables the UK public to better understand how their own lifestyle choices affect the quality of the air we breathe and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce it. 
  • With exactly one month to go until Clean Air Day, the environment charity and its network of over 250 supporter organisations are calling for individuals to play their part in keeping our air clean by making 8 October 2020 the cleanest Clean Air Day yet. 


8th September 2020 – The charity behind Clean Air Day, Global Action Plan, today launches the UK’s first “Air Pollution Calculator”. The Calculator is designed to provide an indicator of an individual’s personal contribution to UK air pollution, with a focus on travel activities and use of word burning stoves, and to show the most important steps we can all take to reduce it. 


The Calculator launches exactly one month ahead of Clean Air Day, taking place on 8 October, which aims to increase levels of public understanding regarding the part they play in keeping our air clean.  


The Air Pollution Calculator will help the public to better understand the part they can play in tackling air pollution by:  


  • Giving people the ability to calculate and monitor their personal impact on air pollution 
  • Providing meaningful guidance for changing habits to cut air pollution 
  • Connecting people to the Clean Air Hub, where they can access more in-depth information about air pollution. 


Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air, Global Action Plan, says: “Being able to understand our own personal contribution to air pollution is the first step towards being able to reduce it. I am therefore delighted to be launching the UK’s first personal Air Pollution Calculator that does just that, as well as providing useful tips on what to do to reduce it.   


Armed with this knowledge we can then all play our part to improve the air we breathe on Clean Air Day and beyond. As we experienced earlier this year, air pollution is solvable, and together we can keep our air clean.”  


The research to develop the methodology and calculations used to build the calculator are the work of Yuanyang Liu and Dr Marc Stettler of Imperial College London who, along with digital developer Jon Rimmer.  



Notes to Editors 



Global Action Plan: Charity registered in England and Wales number 1026148, and in Scotland number SC041260. © 2020 

Imperial College London: Yuanyang Liu and Dr Marc Stettler 

Jon Rimmer, Digital Developer 


About Global Action Plan 

We're experts in helping people live more sustainable lifestyles. We this by making connections between what's good for people and good for the planet. 

We're the people behind Clean Air Day, the UK's largest air pollution campaign. We work with people on bringing about compassion not consumerism and increasing wellbeing - what's good for us is often greener too. And we bring business and young people together to work on a sustainable future - helping young people develop the skills and knowledge to tackle environmental issues is good for the planet and for everyone's future too. 


About Clean Air Day 

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020 and will be rolled out slightly differently. To keep you, your family, friends and colleagues safe, we’ve updated the campaign to be more virtual!  


Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to: 


  • Improve public understanding of air pollution. 
  • Build awareness of how air pollution affects our health.   
  • Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health. 


Media contact 

Bryony Aylmer, Communications Manager 

[email protected] +44 7903 812863 



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