T6 is a partner of the Horizon 2020 project iSCAPE– Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe (www.iscapeproject.eu/).
The overall aim of iSCAPE is to develop and evaluate an integrated strategy for air pollution control in European cities grounded on evidence-based analysis. The project will develop the tools required to achieve an air pollution free/low carbon society by addressing air quality and climate change concerns together through the application of new smart and sustainable technologies for integration into urban design and guidelines.
The results of the study will be used to inform policy interventions and implement behavioural change initiatives in this area. iSCAPE will embrace the concept of “smart cities” and will have a particular focus on promoting the use of low-cost sensors in an attempt to engage citizens in the use of alternative solutions to environmental problems.
The scientists will carry out and measure the results of the research in ‘living labs’. Living labs are user-centred ecosystems, such as cities, where research and innovation processes are integrated within a public-private partnership involving the active contribution of the people living in the area. The living labs will be used to foster innovation and showcase the products made by SMEs and iSCAPE’s academic partners, such as low-cost, high-quality air quality monitoring kits.
The project will also support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policymakers and planners using local test-cases. The results of the study will be used to inform policy interventions and implement behavioural change initiatives in this area.
T6 is involved in the socio-economic impact assessment of the proposed activities as well as the set-up of the Virtual Living Lab and the coordination of the iSCAPE dissemination and communication activities.
iSCAPE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689954.