West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences

Abstract

"Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to Public Health in the UK" [DEFRA, 2017]. Air pollution in the West Midlands affects some 2.8 million people, reducing average life expectancy by up to 6 months, and is responsible for economic costs estimated at £860m per year. Air quality is therefore a key priority for local and regional government, and increasingly the general public, with further emphasis arising from the "Diesel-gate" emissions scandal, and ongoing High Court challenges to the Government's Air Quality strategy.

Historically, local air quality policy has been the responsibility of the individual Local Authorities. However, air pollution does not respect political boundaries, and the 2016 formation of the West Midlands Combined Authority will lead to an integrated approach to air pollution, under the Second Devolution Deal for the West Midlands (2017). In parallel, the NHS Sustainability Transformation Trust is bringing an integrated approach to health and social care provision - with air quality a core priority. This gives rise to a unique and timely opportunity to translate environmental science research expertise into regional policy and interventions to reduce air pollution.

The University of Birmingham group has critical mass, international research expertise and NERC track record in air pollution, and its health and economic impacts. We have a history of links with regional partners, ranging from commissioned work and joint research projects to informal collaborations. Accordingly, we have developed the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WMAQIP), through a co-design process alongside regional stakeholders including the WMCA / Mayor of the West Midlands, Local Authorities, private companies, industry sector bodies and third sector organisations, to deliver:

-Situational awareness (understanding of air pollution levels and sources), e.g. applied to refinement of the Birmingham Clean Air Zone and design of future interventions in Coventry, avoiding over £5m annual costs plus benefits to visitors / commuters working in the cities.

-Predictive Capability to evaluate AQ policy options, in comparison with business as usual predictions, for pollution levels, health and economic impacts - identifying interventions to achieve Birmingham City Council's goal of halving AQ-related mortality by 2030 (750 deaths/yr and £170m annual costs avoided); avoiding additional healthcare costs of £600m required under business-as-usual scenarios, and informing allocation of recurrent and one-off intra-city transport investment of £250m.

-Application of the resulting capability to specific policy scenarios - including infrastructure design around the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games to deliver improved air quality, understanding the air quality consequences of future vehicle fleet evolution to electric vehicles, and optimising air quality co-benefits from green infrastructure for HS2 development.

WMAQIP directly addresses the UK Industrial Strategy grand challenge of Clean Growth, which commits the Government to "create a future where our cities benefit from cleaner air", and the Infrastructure foundation of productivity, which identifies a determination to "tackle air pollution and support affected areas, given the significant negative impact it has on public health, the economy and the environment."

WMAQIP combines NERC research expertise with direct inputs from a range of partner organisations. The programme will deliver policy impact from application of environmental science applied to specific policy priorities through a cohort of Impact Fellows, physically embedded within stakeholder organisations to provide knowledge transfer and training, and hence lasting impact. Programme legacy will be maximised by formalising capabilities as tools which may be applied elsewhere, and actions to promote their dissemination.

Planned Impact

Air Pollution is an increasing concern for the general public, a focus of media attention, and is rising to the top of the policy agenda for local and regional authorities, private sector organisations involved in air quality activity, and companies committed to understanding, and mitigating, the environmental impacts of their business, and the regulatory framework they operate within.

There is a demonstrated regional and national interest in the application of the best available science to understand air pollution pressures, and deliver the best policy measures and interventions both to ameliorate pollution; there is also a strong imperative to understand the likely future air quality picture, with and without interventions.

WMAQIPs three interlinked themes will address these needs to deliver transformative regional impact, through costs avoided (fiscal, health and social care); achieving legal compliance with limit values (i.e. statutory obligations); improvements to practice and to policy formulation on near-term and strategic timescales, increased regional attractiveness encouraging inward investment, new business opportunities, and most significantly through improved environmental air quality, and hence population health and wellbeing.

In supporting the WMCA and Local Authorities in achieving their strategic goals of halving air pollution related mortality by 2030, WMAQIP will reduce deaths by 750/yr and release £170m in annual attendant cost. In ensuring clean air zones meet statutory obligations, direct benefits of over £5m annually will accrue just from Birmingham and Coventry - considering only the resident population, i.e. discounting visitors / workers commuting into the area. In enabling the horizon scanning prediction of air quality consequences of policy options, and their comparison with business as usual approaches, alongside explicit consideration of air quality alongside conventional economic indicators, WMQAIP will influence the annual TfWM capital expenditure of £69m, and spend of the £250m Industrial Strategy Transforming Cities fund. In enabling the effective use of green infrastructure to deliver air quality benefit (rather than penalty), WMAQIP will promote city amenity, quality of life and wellbeing - and deliver regional natural capital gain, with scope for national rollout, through HS2. Air quality imposes a 1.4% burden on regional economic output (GVA), equivalent to 19000 jobs; ultimately WMAQIP will contribute to unlocking this pollution penalty on the region's growth.

Without action, present day West Midlands pollution levels and forecast regional population growth would require an additional 430 hospital beds by 2023 - equating to almost a £600m hospital. There is a critical need for concerted action to improve air quality; clear gaps in capability which NERC-derived environmental science can fulfil, and regional political timing uniquely suited to the opportunity.
 
Description WM-Air - the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme - is an (ongoing, 2019 - 2023) five-year project to apply environmental science research expertise to improve air quality in the West Midlands, delivering health, economic and environmental benefits. The project comprises three broad themes, which aim to improve understanding of the region's air pollution challenges, to provide new capability to support clean air measures and policy focussed upon the region, and to support the application of these to specific policy scenarios, questions and challenges.

1) Situational Awareness (understanding of air pollution levels and sources). WM-Air will provide new measurements of the levels of air pollutants (augmenting existing monitoring and addressing gaps in knowledge), and quantify pollution sources by sector, including measurement of real-world on-road vehicle emissions.

2) Predictive Capability to develop and evaluate air quality policy options and support development in achieving cleaner air. WM-Air will provide new capacity to predict (model) future air quality levels, in comparison with business as usual predictions, and how these may respond to potential policy options. The project will evaluate the air-quality-driven health and economic benefits and impacts of such predictions, on a local level within the region. The project will provide guidance over the use of green infrastructure (urban vegetation) to improve air quality, to maximise the benefits achievable.

3) Application of the resulting capability to specific policy scenarios and case studies, for example around major interventions such as Clean Air Zones, infrastructure developments (eg, HS2, Commonwealth Games) and other developments on scales from regional to local. WM-Air will resource a cohort of Impact Fellows, staff with the expertise to apply the new insight and capacity, physically embedded within partner organisations to ensure the relevance and applicability of their support.
Exploitation Route WM-Air will help to support existing policy actions in the air quality area, and build the region's air quality expertise base. The project addresses the UK Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge of Clean Growth, which commits to creating a future where our cities benefit from cleaner air, and the Infrastructure Foundation of Productivity, which identifies the significant negative impact air pollution has on public health, the economy and the environment; however the key beneficiaries of WM-Air will be the population of the region, through contributions to reductions in air pollution related illness, and associated increases in life expectancy and quality of life.

See also next section re Impact
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport

URL https://wm-air.org.uk/
 
Description The WM-Air project was co-designed to deliver impact - in environmental, societal, political ad economic terms - from the application of NERC environmental science expertise in support of Clean Air for the West Midlands. At this early stage of the project, work is underway to provide new understanding of air pollution sources in the area, and develop new underpinning capability (including a regional predictive air quality model). Through case study partnerships, these tools will deliver impact; work is underway with (e.g.) local authorities (BCC, CCC, Walsall, Dudley); regional bodies (e.g. TfWM, WMCA), infrastructure providers (e.g. HS2) and others, including the NHS, individual SMEs and the Organising Committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Birmingham City Council Clean Air Strategy consultation response, April 2019
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20076/pollution/1280/what_else_is_birmingham_doing_about_air_poll...
 
Description Birmingham and Solihull STP task-group meetings and input to support application of the Health Outcomes of Travel Tool across seven NHS Trust sites in the region. The outputs were summarised in a paper for the STP Board and are being used to support a range of initiatives to reduce staff, patient and visitor mileage.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Expert public health and air quality science input to the Association of Directors of Public Health West Midlands regional Air Quality Policy Position Statement (to support national ADPH Policy Position on Outdoor Air Quality). Statement to be launched at West Midlands Public Health Excellence Conference Air Quality Workshop (28 November 2019)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Greater London Authority Guide - Using green infrastructure to protect people from air pollution. Produced in consultation with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (University of Birmingham), the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (University of Surrey) and Transport for London.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.london.gov.uk/WHAT-WE-DO/environment/environment-publications/using-green-infrastructure...
 
Description NICE stakeholder consultation and guideline [NG149] Indoor Air Quality at Home
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng149
 
Description Provision of public health and technical air quality advice to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust for the Sustainable Development Management Plan (STMP), outlining plans to improve prevention and the wider determinants of health in the communities they serve. STMP adopted by UHB Board in autumn 2019.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Rob MacKenzie provided a scoping document advising on Green Infrastructure around schools for Hackney Borough Council, September 2019.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Rob MacKenzie visited and provided written advice to Guizhou Province on sustainable management of landscapes of cultural and natural significance, June 2019, drawing on concepts developed for University of Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living.
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/impact/policy-commissions/future-urban-living/index.aspx
 
Description 'Multi-model Air Quality System for Health (MAQS-Health)' - Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), Clean Air Programme CA19-1, BEIS / Met Office
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Funding ID DN424739 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 03/2022
 
Description Actively anticipating the unintended consequences on air quality of future public policies (ANTICIPATE)
Amount £429,209 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001852/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2022
 
Description Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA)
Amount £429,752 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001976/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 04/2022
 
Description UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities: Urban Observatories (Strand B)
Amount £8,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P016782/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description University of Birmingham - Public Engagement with Research funding for 'Clean Air for All', Dr Suzanne Bartington
Amount £1,316 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Title The WM-Air air quality model (alpha version) 
Description The core of the tool is a commercial model, ADMS-Urban. The tool is built on ADMS-Urban by incorporating multiple local datasets from West Midlands. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The tool can be used to model air quality for the entire West Midlands. After the final version of the tool is successfully completed, it will be used within the WM-Air project to simulate the consequences and impact of policy scenarios in future. 
 
Description Birmingham City Council - data sharing for model development 
Organisation Birmingham City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Mainly data sharing activities at this stage of the project, but BCC will be benefiting from the work of the project, including modelling output.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing activities (they have provided many datasets and support needed to set up our model).
Impact Air Quality model development currently underway.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CERC - emissions inventory 
Organisation Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Sub-contract to CERC for consultancy work
Collaborator Contribution Dveloping the emissions inventory for the west midlands 2016 baseline year for ADMS-Urban
Impact Source Apportionment of PM
Start Year 2019
 
Description Coventry City Council - sensor measurements 
Organisation Coventry City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution WM-Air is working in partnership with Coventry City Council to site a number of PM sensors around the region for mutual-benefit.
Collaborator Contribution Discussion regarding locations within Coventry that are mutually beneficial and useful to both parties.
Impact NA - ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description Dudley Metropolitan Council - Data check of recorded NO2 emissions 
Organisation Dudley Metropolitan Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dudley MBC (stakeholder of WM-Air) reported seeing high NO2 levels (100+ ug/m3) from diffusion tube data on a stretch of road within their district. Members of the WM-air team then visited the location with area with a more sensitive chemiluminscence NOx instrument to make some measurements and fed back the data to Dudley MBC. From this the limitations of diffusion tube data were raised and the need to spot check sites from time to time with more sensitive instruments were discussed.
Collaborator Contribution Access to local NO2 data
Impact Data analysis and advice for Dudley
Start Year 2019
 
Description HEAT - EDAR 
Organisation Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution EDAR will be deployed in Birmingham to study the vehicle emission factors under the real-world conditions
Collaborator Contribution EDAR will be deployed by the HEAT
Impact NA
Start Year 2020
 
Description HS2 - GI4AQ standard 
Organisation High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Development of GI4AQ standard and experimental work at the HS2 Interchange site to monitor and understand the impact of GI on air quality
Collaborator Contribution Access to Interchange site and support for GI4AQ work
Impact Draft GI4AQ standard. H+S inductions with HS2 contractors LM and BBV. Field work planned for Spring 2020.
Start Year 2019
 
Description HS2 Interchange GI 
Organisation High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution HS2 Ltd are working with WM-Air to understand the impact if green infrastructure on air quality in and around their proposed Birmingham Interchange station.
Collaborator Contribution HS2 and partners provide access to the construction site to enable baseline measurements.
Impact No outcomes to date.
Start Year 2019
 
Description TfWM - traffic maps 
Organisation Transport for West Midlands
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Detailed traffic maps will be used to draw vehicle emission maps within the WM
Collaborator Contribution The traffic maps will be provided by TfWM
Impact NA
Start Year 2020
 
Description The Floow - telematics data 
Organisation Floow Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Telematics data will be used to produce detailed spatio-temporal distributions of driving characteristics across the studied area
Collaborator Contribution Telematics data are providing and initial calculations are conducting by the Floow company
Impact NA - ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description Walsall Council - data sharing, secondment, new air quality site 
Organisation Walsall Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution (1) Air Quality model begin developed by the project for use across the region. (2) Also working in partnership to support the setting up a new air quality rural background site in Swindon (West Mids)
Collaborator Contribution (1) Data sharing activities (they provided many datasets and support needed to set up our model). (2) Curtis Dean (Walsall Council employee working on their air quality model) works closely with the WM-Air team to co-develop the regional AQ model (details under secondments section). (3) Settign up an air quality rural background site (described above) - data available for use in the project.
Impact Air Quality model under development. Air quality rural site currently being set up.
Start Year 2019
 
Description West Midlands Combined Authority - data sharing for model development 
Organisation West Midlands Combined Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Mainly data sharing activities at this stage of the project, but BCC will be benefiting from the work of the project, including modelling output.
Collaborator Contribution Data sharing activities (they provided many datasets and support needed to set up our model).
Impact Air Quality model currently under development
Start Year 2019
 
Description 'Spacetime and Singapore: Towards a Four-Dimensional Understanding of City-Region Economies', City REDI blog, 08/05/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Spacetime and Singapore: Towards a Four-Dimensional Understanding of City-Region Economies', City REDI blog, 08/05/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/spacetime-and-singapore-towards-a-four-dimensional-understanding-of...
 
Description "End-user innovation of DIY Citizen Place-Making and Local Infrastructure Provision", Malvern Festival of Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 45 people attended an event evolving presentations and then discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.festival-innovation.com/archives/2019-programme/2019-environment-sustainability
 
Description "Repatriation or Reshoring of Manufacturing to the US and UK: Dynamics and Global Production Networks or from Here to There and Back Again", invited presentation to the Social Situation Monitor Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 2019 "Repatriation or Reshoring of Manufacturing to the US and UK: Dynamics and Global Production Networks or from Here to There and Back Again", invited presentation to the Social Situation Monitor Research Seminar, European Commission, SSM Seminar Global Value Chains workshop, Brussels, 17 December 2019, https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=1542&furtherEvents=yes, 35 attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=88&eventsId=1542&furtherEvents=yes
 
Description "The End of Manufacturing as we Know it: New Forms of Urban Production", invited seminar to the Conférence Urban Production 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2019 "The End of Manufacturing as we Know it: New Forms of Urban Production", invited seminar to the Conférence Urban Production, organised by Metrolab, Brussels. November 14 and 15, 2019, http://www.metrolab.brussels/events/conference-urban-production, 120 attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.metrolab.brussels/events/conference-urban-production
 
Description 'A Bollywood Solution to Air Pollution: Linking Research and Policy to the Cinema Screen', City REDI blog, 19/03/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact City REDI blog: 'A Bollywood Solution to Air Pollution: Linking Research and Policy to the Cinema Screen',
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/a-bollywood-solution-to-air-pollution-linking-research-and-policy-t...
 
Description 'The Invisible Killer and London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone: Too little and too late?', Birmingham Business School blog, 12/04/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'The Invisible Killer and London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone: Too little and too late?', Birmingham Business School blog, 12/04/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2019/04/12/the-invisible-killer-and-londons-ultra-low-emissi...
 
Description 'The Invisible Killer and Responsible Inclusive Prosperity: Tackling the Challenges of Urban Air Pollution - Delhi India, 6-7 March 2019', City REDI blog, 09/03/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'The Invisible Killer and Responsible Inclusive Prosperity: Tackling the Challenges of Urban Air Pollution - Delhi India, 6-7 March 2019', City REDI blog, 09/03/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/the-invisible-killer-and-responsible-inclusive-prosperity-tackling-...
 
Description Air Quality Forum 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof William Bloss invited to give a presentation about WM-Air at the Air Quality Forum ('Practical guidance for planning and implementing targeted solutions to improve air quality through an interdisciplinary approach'), Tuesday 25 February 2020, Arup, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.waterfrontconferencecompany.com/conferences/air-quality-forum
 
Description Air Quality Innovation (Sustainability West Midland) 10 Dec 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof William Bloss and Omid Ghaffarpasand gave presentation at Air Quality Innovation (Sustainability West Midland) 10 Dec 2019 -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Allometry media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations", Environ. Res. Lett.
Reach statistic by 15th Feb 2020 = 27 million, with a value to the funders calculated by the UoB press office as £502,000.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51268918
 
Description Clean Air for All - Working together to improve the air we breathe for better health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public workshop was held on 20 November 2019 to inform the public about the health effects of poor air quality, explore their opinions about this issue and answer their questions. 108 people attended the event, of which just over half identified themselves as members of the public. Approximately half of the delegates reported that they, or a relative of theirs, had a lung condition. The majority of delegates were from Birmingham city with the remainder mainly from the West Midlands region.
Broadly speaking, the delegates were already engaged, interested and fairly knowledgeable about the issues which were being discussed. The lecture theatre session began and ended with interactive sessions using electronic polling devices to explore the knowledge base and canvass opinions from the delegates. A total of 71 feedback forms were received from the event and the feedback overall was overwhelmingly positive. Overall, 97% of delegates felt they had learned something new by attending Clean Air for All ('Strongly Agree' or 'Agree'), with only one delegate disagreeing with this statement. Free text responses indicated learning concerned factual knowledge of air quality statistics, the evidence base concerning health impacts and the role of the health service as both a contributor to poor air quality and relevant stakeholder for undertaking actions to mitigate impacts.

https://www.birminghamhealthpartners.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Clean-Air-for-All-Event-Report-Redacted-Version-16-Dec-2019.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.birminghamhealthpartners.co.uk/clean-air-for-all/
 
Description EnvironmentalHealth 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited Chair and Keynote, Environmental Health 2019, A.R. MacKenzie: Not falling over: strategies for the three-legged race to better urban futures
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FutureBuild 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote by A.R. MacKenzie: Reduce, Extend, Protect: Practical and evidenced steps to reduce public exposure to air pollution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.futurebuild.co.uk/speakers/rob-mackenzie
 
Description Innovation challenge program (Sustainability West Midland) 13 Sep 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Innovation challenge program (Sustainability West Midland) 13 Sep 2019 - Short presentation on air quality and important challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media coverage for MacKenzie et al. 2019, 'Urban form strongly mediates the allometric scaling of airshed pollution concentrations", Environ. Res. Lett. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab50e3 [Reach statistic by 14th Jan 2020 = 7.3 million, with a value to the University calculated by the press office as £174,000.]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab50e3
 
Description Mobility as a Service (HSBC Bank) 21 Nov 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions on roundtable at Mobility as a Service (HSBC Bank) 21 Nov 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description PHE AQ review 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Public Health England (PHE) Air Quality Review, Advisory Group - Planning / Spatial. Public Health England (PHE) has been requested by government to review the evidence for effective air quality interventions and provide practical recommendations for actions to supplement those identified in the air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide in UK (2017), by August 2018. The recommendations must stratify interventions by their health and economic impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Public Health Specialty Registrars attending the Health Education West Midlands Regional Training Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact SEB presented to Public Health Specialty Registrars attending the Health Education West Midlands Regional Training Day to provide knowledge of air quality and health research and explore opportunities to integrate air quality within local authority training placements. (7 October 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to industry, public and civic sector representatives at the joint Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management seminar (5 June 2019). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Suzanne Bartington presented to industry, public and civic sector representatives at the joint Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) - Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management seminar (5 June 2019). The session identified a number of synergies between emerging environmental health challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Responsible Inclusive Prosperity, Infrastructure and the West Midland's Local Industrial Strategy", Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the West Midland's Local Industrial Strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 120 people attended an event evolving presentations and then discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow's third runway, Birmingham Business School Blog, 28 Feb 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Birmingham Business School Blog: Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow's third runway
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blog.bham.ac.uk/business-school/2020/02/28/third-runway-at-heathrow/
 
Description UoB Planetary Health workshop (24 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Suzanne Bartington organised the first UoB Planetary Health workshop (24 June 2019), including internal and external interdisciplinary academic researchers, clinicians, and local authority officers. The workshop identified a need for expert input for intersectoral horizon scanning, including identification of potential policy conflict areas with regard to climate change and air pollution mitigation measures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description WJB interviewed on BBC News regarding woodburners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bill Bloss of filmed by BBC News commenting on government plans to plans to ban coal and wet wood from next January.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description WM-Air Annual Meeting, 29th October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Annual meeting to update stakeholders and partners about WM-Air project progress and to engage them in discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description WM-Air Twitter (@WMAir_UoB) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twitter account for the WM-air project, currently 170 followers, 260 tweets sent out, 10,000 engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/WMAir_UoB
 
Description WM-Air website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact WM-Air project website, containing information about the project, aims, case studies, and partners, as well as resources for stakeholders, general public and interested other parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://wm-air.org.uk/
 
Description WMCA Transport Delivery Committee Councillors visit, 30th Jan 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact William Bloss and Catherine Muller welcomed a group of councillors from across the West Midlands (Cllr Richard Worral (Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council), Cllr Kath Hartley (Birmingham City Council) and Cllr Celia Hibbert (City of Wolverhampton Council)) plus representatives from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), who were interested in finding out about the WM-Air project and air quality impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020