Barclays Air cabs
To help tackle London’s concerning air pollution issue, we’ve partnered with a UK business called Airlabs to put a new fleet of clean air cabs on the streets of London.
Ten electric black cabs have been fitted with Airlabs’ unique nano-carbon technology which is able to remove up to 95% of pollutants from inside the cab within 10 minutes.
The Barclays Air cabs will spend 12 weeks, between 3rd July to 15th September 2019, on London’s streets this summer to demonstrate how this new technology can dramatically reduce the exposure of passengers and drivers to air pollution on our congested city streets.
Recent research has revealed that forty towns and cities across the UK are breaking the World Health Organisation guideline limits for fine particle pollution**. Pollution levels inside a vehicle, in congested traffic, can be up to 2.5 times higher than outside***.
Airlabs’ first of it’s kind nano-carbon filtration system removes up to 95% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 97% of particular matter (PM2.5) from air inside the vehicle cabin. We have fitted the Airlabs system within a fleet of electric London cabs, providing the cab drivers and their passengers with clean air for their journeys.
Amongst the one million UK businesses we support each day, we’re helping a group of high growth entrepreneurs aiming to solve the world’s biggest societal and environmental challenges. Entrepreneurs like Airlabs see that dealing with these challenges can also be enormous business opportunities. And with our support, they can continue to scale their innovations and create new jobs in the UK.
This is just one of many examples of how Barclays is Backing the UK. Whether it be supporting growing UK business, launching a £14bn lending fund for SME’s, or delivering over 100 Brexit clinics in local communities; Barclays is committed to Backing the UK.
Our partnership with Airlabs
Airlabs’ mission is to reduce people’s exposure to air pollution by creating clean air zones in cities. Their first consumer product, the ‘airbubbl’, went to market in late 2018.
Airlabs are from the 2017 cohort of our Unreasonable Impact programme, a Barclays and Unreasonable Group partnership. As part of this, they have gone through an intensive long term accelerator programme, and have been provided access to our business leaders’ expertise, resources and contacts to support the organisation’s growth through their most challenging issues. Since launch of the Unreasonable Impact programme in 2016 we have supported 32 UK organisations, which in the next 5 years will aim to generate 16,000 new jobs.
We’re proud to help them on their journey as we all need businesses like Airlabs to succeed. Their success will help solve pressing societal issues and generate growth and UK jobs the country needs.
To find out more about Airlabs visit their website.
** World Health Orgnaisation, 2018. Report can be found at ttps://www.who.int/airpollution/data/cities/en Global Ambient air pollution database, by country - (update 2018)
*** de Nazelle, A., Bode, O. and Orjuela, J.P., 2017. Comparison of air pollution exposures in active vs. passive travel modes in European cities: a quantitative review. Environment international, 99, pp.151-160. (click here)
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