Investigate the Impact of Air Pollution from Diesel Vehicles in Ireland
Under this initiative a new collaboration between the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Geology has received funding (€249,000) from the Environmental Protection Agency, STRIVE Programme, to examine a key current environmental challenge: the impact of diesel vehicles on the exposure of the population to particulate air pollution in Ireland.
Across Europe, there has been a rapid growth in the number of private diesel passenger vehicles due to lower fuel prices and government incentives connected with reducing CO2 emissions and climate change. While modern diesel vehicles emit slightly less CO2 than their petrol counterparts, they also emit considerably larger amounts of pollutants such as particulate matter and NOx, which are damaging to human health. Thus there is a pressing need to assess the magnitude of the environmental challenge posed by diesel emissions of particulate matter and a need to develop solutions to protect the population against these.
In this novel study, the TCD team will use geochemical techniques to quantify the environmental impact of diesel vehicle particle emissions from an environmental engineering perspective, and develop emission and exposure models.
Latest work reported on RTE PrimeTime - http://www.rte.ie/news/primetime/2017/0428/871072-prime-time/