Every year, the world’s cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles emit millions of tonnes of smog-forming pollutants, fine particles, more. The problem is particularly serious in the developing world. In South Asia and East Asia, for example, diseases caused by traffic-related air pollution have risen sharply over the last two decades. But even in the United States, with its strict pollution controls, more than 58,000 people die prematurely each year because of traffic emissions.
People who live within 300-500 metres of major roads or highways suffer the greatest health impacts. Traffic-related air pollution has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases. These health impacts create a significant financial burden. By 2031, the Canadian Medical Association estimates the annual economic cost of air pollution in Canada will hit $13.7 billion.
In the Toronto metropolitan area, more than 80 percent of residents live within 500 metres of a major road, putting them at greater risk from vehicle emissions. Toronto Public Health estimates that traffic-related air pollution in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area cause more than 700 premature deaths and 2,800 hospitalizations due to heart and lung conditions each year.
SmogStop Barrier takes a two-pronged approach to reducing air pollution from major roads, highways and railways. Our aerodynamic design directs traffic pollution away from neighbouring communities and mixes it with clean air, so residents can breathe easier. But that’s not all. A special coating on the barrier actually breaks down smog-producing nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into harmless byproducts, further slashing ground-level pollution and urban smog. And yes, it also blocks traffic noise.
A single kilometre of SmogStop Barrier incorporating our proprietary photocatalytic coating can remove 16 tonnes of NO2 a year — the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off that stretch of road.
Advanced computer models and wind tunnel testing reveal our patent-approved aerodynamic design cuts traffic pollution levels in surrounding neighborhoods by 50 per cent.
SmogStop Barrier incorporates a sound-reducing and highly transparent grade of acrylic. The result? A dramatic reduction in noise and air pollution — without sacrificing sunlight.
At Envision SQ, we make life better for people around the world. Using science and engineering, we create innovative technology to reduce traffic-related smog, creating better air quality for the people who live nearby.
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