Actions to make a difference

What can you do to help reduce air pollution and contrast anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentration? International organisations, national governments and industries can contribute to curb pollutant emissions and “greenhouse gases” enacting specific environmental measures. In many countries excellent results have already been achieved and industries are paying increasing attention to effectively reduce pollutant emissions. We can all contribute acting responsibly and adopting best practices on a daily basis! Air quality depends from us all: if we all pay more attention to this issue every day we can contribute reducing pollutant emissions in the air: and we’ll also be able to save money.
Travelling Using more public transport and less private vehicles is a great measure to reduce air pollution in cities. Using public transport (buses, trams, metro, trains), cycling and walking are the best ways to help saving the environment.
Cooling Down is better for the Earth
During winter, if the temperature in classrooms was lowered by only half degree Celsius in every school we could cut CO2 emissions by 7%. Moreover, insulating windows, rooftops and walls allows to reduce heating consumption and save energy. Regular routine maintenance for boilers and domestic heating systems as well as boiler emissions testing are crucial to reduce domestic heating system emissions. Switching to methane fired boilers, relying on solar panels and photovoltaic panels and general energy saving also contributes to the reduction of domestic heating emissions.
Save electricity!
Remember to switch off lamps when you don’t need artificial light: if you switch off a 60-watt lamp for 5 hours a day, over one year you can reduce CO2 emissions averagely by 80 kilos. You should know, in fact, that 0,72 CO2 kgs are released in the atmosphere to generate 1 kWh! Remember also to buy energy saving electrical appliances (as Class “A” fridges, washing machines, or dishwashers as stated by labels on each appliance).
Paper never gets old!
Recycling paper can help reducing dangerous gas emissions. Producing paper requires energy and tree cutting to produce chemical products as binding agents, bleaching agents, and solvents producing atmospheric pollution.
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Waste disposal produces a great quantity of dangerous gases emitted in the atmosphere. For example, each kilo of organic waste generates 0,31 kgs of methane, which is a dangerous greenhouse gas. We should choose products with recycled packaging. Diversifying and recycling waste means generating less dangerous greenhouse gases emitted in the atmosphere.

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