The iSCAPE project was European research and innovation project active from September 2016 to December 2019 that worked on integrating and advancing the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives.

It tackled the problem of reducing air pollution impacts, focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces, on policy intervention and behavioural changes of citizens lifestyle. Projections and real-world physical interventions were applied on the urban tissue in the selected cities assessed for future climate change scenarios and representative of different cultural & lifestyles in Europe.



Through the approach of Living Labs the team deployed a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile) and evaluated the benefits expected from the interventions on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale, ranging from quantification of pollutant concentration to exposure.

iSCAPE encapsulated the concept of “smart cities” by promoting the use of low-cost sensors and engaging citizens in the use of alternative solution processes to environmental problems. The project supported sustainable urban development by sharing the results with policy-makers and planners using local test-cases, and providing scientific evidence ready-to-use solutions potentially leading to real-time operational interventions.

The iSCAPE project closing event that took place on the 8th of November 2019, in Dublin, presented the key results on air pollution control and monitoring developed through the project. The fully booked one-day event, that saw the participation of professionals, policy-makers, and researchers, allowed project partners to present the results of three years of research and hands-on experience in reducing urban air pollution, and the negative impacts of climate change, through passive control systems, citizen engagement, behavioural change, and the low-cost sensors developed through the project. Find out more about the event here

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