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Delivery company DPD has announced an air quality monitoring programme across London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. DPD rolls out Project Breathe in major cities

Delivery company DPD has announced an air quality monitoring programme across London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff.

The scheme – dubbed Project Breathe – is already live in London, where the company has 100 mobile air quality sensors mounted on the roof of its vans, along with 20 fixed sensors at its DPD PickUp shops close to schools and play areas.

The sensors take readings every 12 seconds and are focused on the most critical health impactor, fine particles PM2.5 at breathing level. This testing will provide data to help visualise air quality issues and identify hotspots. The UK roll-out is part of a Europe-wide programme in partnership with air quality tracking provider Pollutrack. The company plans to have 2,400 sensors by the end of the year.