ClairCity is an innovative project involving thousands of people in cities across Europe, enabling us all to decide the best local options for a future with clean air and lower carbon emissions. ClairCity is funded by the European Union.
Air pollution is the cause of one in eight premature deaths worldwide. Poor air quality is especially dangerous for children and the elderly, but it is linked to health problems that affect people at all stages of their lives. Cancer, heart conditions, strokes, respiratory diseases, poor brain and lung development and type 2 diabetes are all connected to air pollution. People living in cities are particularly affected, with 90% of urban citizens exposed to harmful levels of air pollutants (World Health Organisation).
The effects of poor air quality are felt worldwide, but the sources are usually local. Every day, air pollution is caused by our commutes to work, by heating our homes, or through our local industries. Understanding how we live – and the restrictions we face in those choices – is key to improving air quality. Solutions at a local level can make a big difference.
ClairCity is a four year project (2016-2020) working directly with citizens and local authorities in six countries around Europe. We have sixteen partner organisations involved in the project.
Six cities are partners in the project; Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Bristol in the UK; Ljubljana in Slovenia; Sosnowiec in Poland; the Aveiro region in Portugal and the Liguria region around Genoa in Italy. Each city faces different issues and causes of air pollution, but all of our partner cities are working to improve their air quality.
We are using existing data that will be applicable across many more cities to drive our innovative public engagement activities. We are examining data that is already collected by all cities with over 50,000 residents in the EU and using it to build new models of urban air pollution and carbon emissions. These new models and scenarios will make it easier for cities to identify changes that they can make for society to reduce emissions and make a positive change in peoples’ lives.
ClairCity is funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.