The Irish city of Cork presented its comprehensive “Clean Air” strategy in August 2021. Various measures will be combined to ensure clean air in Cork in the short and long term.
An important part of this strategy are five CityTrees, which create fresh air zones at two inner-city locations. The CityTrees are equipped with benches and are used by many pedestrians at the locations St Patrick’s Street and near the city library. On their monitors, the CityTrees show the current cleaning performance as well as information on the city’s Clean Air Strategy.
Thus, within the framework of the city’s overall strategy, the CityTrees – in addition to cleaning the air themselves – play the role of a central communication element: on the one hand, they help to clearly communicate the relevance of the topic of air quality to the public and, on the other hand, they communicate the various measures, such as tree planting, the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths or improved public transport.
PLACE OF USE:
Cork, Ireland, 5 CityTrees in city centre
Since August 2021
PROBLEM & SOLUTION:
Meeting and information point for multifaceted “Clean Air” strategy, creation of fresh air zones
“We need to reduce emissions across the city and each unit of the mossfilters can sift an amount of air equivalent to that needed by up to 7,000 people every hour. This is one aspect of the council’s air-quality strategy and should be considered in tandem with long-term and city-wide strategies such as the pedestrianisation of 17 city streets and the introduction of 75 electric vehicles by the council.”
David Joyce | Director of the Roads & Environment Operations at Cork City Council