Communication campaigns and links to policy makers resulted in an improved relationship between the involved policy levels, stakeholder groups and the general public on the necessity of health relevant policies and clean air in day-to-day life. For example, a public campaign titled “Cleaner Air, Better Health” reached over 4,000 people. Videos like the one below improved public understanding of the risks of air pollution, motivating both children and adults.
Additionally, the results identified correlations between traffic volumes and peaks concentrations of ultrafine particles during the morning and evening rush hours. Using this information, the project piloted and evaluated measures to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.
One of these was the creation of a low emission zone (an area where only vehicles with emissions below a certain limit are allowed to enter) in the city of Antwerp. This zone was inspired by similar initiatives in Amsterdam and London and is expected to reduce NO2 emissions by 9%. It is the first initiative of its kind in the region of Flanders and will be in place in 2017.
Since the close of the project Antwerp’s municipal air quality plan and Amsterdam’s Environmental policy (2015-2018) have used Joaquim’s data and have adopted its pollution reduction measures.