How bad is Exeter air pollution?

Nov 7, 2017

What is air pollution?

Air pollution levels have considerably increased in the UK, with Exeter reaching Level Five, which is among the amber, or ‘high’, bracket. This can cause severe difficulties for people suffering from asthma, heart diseases or lung problems, apart from the environmental damage it causes.

Some of the main pollutants from motor vehicles include Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), and greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), all of which contribute to air pollution and negatively affect the environment.

Exeter commute

Approximately 35,000 people commute to Exeter daily. This results in heavy traffic congestion and increases greenhouse gas emissions. Cars release emissions even when standing still, therefore commutes are not only time-consuming but also environmentally damaging.

It is estimated that people spend about 25 hours per year in congestion in Exeter. As Exeter continues to expand economically and its population continues to grow, it is no surprise that the hours of congestion are expected to increase.

How can GreenRide help?

For this reason, GreenRide allows people to move within Exeter in an eco-friendly manner. By allowing drivers to share empty car seats and passengers to get convenient travel from their door step, it reduces the number of vehicles circulating daily in Exeter and associated vehicle pollution.

It does not only mean that there are less vehicles on roads but also that they are operating for a shorter period since traffic congestion is also reduced. This results in people devoting extra time to more important activities like time with the family, something highly appreciated in today’s hectic schedules.

There may be no way of going back in time and fixing the already made environmental damage. However, there are ways we can reduce air pollution. By using GreenRide you help reduce pollution in a profitable and time-effective way.

Sylvia Sun