Bluestar is a new public transportation system from Go-Ahead Group which hopes to reduce both emissions and air pollution as it operates.
The Bluestar bus comes equipped with an air filter attached, which ‘will take approximately 99.5% of small, harmful particles in the air‘, according to the company.
“The air will pass through the filter and remove particular matters, and clean air comes out of the other end,” explained Bluestar’s Managing Director, Andrew Wickham, “The air is a real problem for people’s health, especially those with pre-existing respiratory and lung conditions. It can lead to asthma and premature death, so by cleaning the air in this way it could lead to a number of lives being saved.”
“We are going a step further in the potential for our buses to actively clean the environment. It’s a huge development in our environmental leadership and we are also proud to be pioneering the prototype in the UK.” David Brown – Go Ahead chief executive
Although the bus itself is diesel powered, the prototype could set a new standard for urban public transportation vehicles.
“This bus will clean the air on its route 1.7 times a year to a height of 10 metres – imagine the change we could make to air quality if all buses had this technology.” added Brown.
The Huffington Post outlines:
‘The company decided to launch in Southampton because the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed the city is at its limit of acceptable unsafe air pollution.
The associated health problems of outdoor air pollution are linked to 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide, according to the WHO.’
The Bluestar hit the streets on Thursday, September 27th, and further studies will examine its effectiveness.