£2.5 million has been given to the University of Leicester so they can fund a new project which is going to investigate ways to bring down the amount of pollution being emitted from traffic in towns and cities across Europe. The project is being funded by the European Commission and is going to last for three years. The University are going to be bringing in experts from across Europe in order to conduct the study.
Experts are hoping that the research will eventually influence policy-making regarding dealing with traffic pollution in major cities. Development agencies as well as engineers and scientists are going to be involved in the project and the European Commission has described the research as essential.
The responsibility for the project is going to be shared between the University and the county council of the city. It is also expected that experts from other universities in the UK, including the University of Nottingham, and De Montford University are going to be involved in the research.
The deputy mayor of Leicester is Rory Palmer who has commented, “We are dedicated to making Leicester a low carbon emission city and it is this kind of research that is going to help us improve the quality of air we have in the future and to limit congestion in the city.” The chief scientist on the study is Professor Alan Wells who has commented, “This study is coordinating research acrossEuropein a way that has never been seen in the field before.”