COVID-19: Impact to Air Quality
April 13, 2020
Over the past month, many states have enacted “Safer At Home” directives to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These orders have spurred a variety of personal and professional lifestyle modifications for people across the world, significantly reducing on-road traffic. Because of this, many experts have been tracking the emission reductions seen via satellite imagery in key regions across the world including China, France and the United States.
As you can see, the reduction of on-road traffic has dramatically impacted air quality. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to the American Lung Association, 4 out of 10 Americans live in areas with unhealthy air. Couple that with the fact that transportation has remained the largest emission-generating sector according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and it all makes sense. But, even if you knew all that information, the above images are still incredibly impactful.
Looking at a satellite image is one thing but living in those areas is another. People in areas often plagued by smog, have been able to experience landscape views they hadn’t been able to just several months prior. For those that live in non-urban areas, air pollution may not seem as problematic. But – take another look at air quality comparisons in the United States; it’s not only urban areas with improved conditions. You may not always see air pollution, yet still be impacted by it.
So, what’s next?
As this period of time passes and our lives return to normal, air quality also is expected to return to previous “normal” levels. But we can change that.
Transportation is on the cusp of a major revolution. Emission-free vehicles are emerging across commercial applications, but likely will still be several years before class 8 electric vehicles are driving down the road. We’re excited for that to happen – but air quality can’t wait. Change is needed now.
Luckily, renewable natural gas can be the now solution, boasting unbeatable emission savings and an affordable cost of ownership model.
Not only is the fuel renewable and produced from organic waste, it can be used with proven natural gas vehicle technology and widely accessible infrastructure. As an added bonus, tax credits, environmental credits and grants are available to aid in the purchase of new vehicles or station builds.
Renewable natural gas is the immediate, affordable solution to solving our air quality issues and making improved air quality maps the new normal. What’s holding you back? Reach out to get started today.