Ostrava will receive over 50 million CZK from EU funds for the Clairo project, which aims to improve air quality. Ostrava is the first ever Czech city to receive a grant from the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme, a highly prestigious instrument which targets support at the continent’s most innovative regions.
The CLAIRO project (CLear AIR and CLimate Adaptation in Ostrava and other cities) aims to achieve systematic reductions in air pollution by planting appropriate greenery with a proven ability to absorb pollutants from various sources. The project makes use of advanced and innovative calculation methods which are applied to pollution data collected at various locations, taking into account local air flows. Another innovative feature of CLAIRO is its use of special treatment methods to boost the resilience of the greenery.
Ostrava’s partners in the project are the Moravian-Silesian Region, the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, the Silesian University in Opava, Palacký University in Olomouc, SOBIC (Smart & Open Base for Innovations in European Cities and Regions) and the Regional Territorial Cooperation Association for Těšín Silesia (RSTS). Selected greenery will be planted in Ostrava’s Radvanice and Bartovice districts under the expert supervision of scientists from the Silesian University. The pollution measurement data will be evaluated on an ongoing basis by a team of researchers at the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. The greenery will be treated with special solutions developed in cooperation with Palacký University in Olomouc, which will reduce the impact of environmental factors on the plants and generally improve their health.
The project is currently in the data collection and analysis phase. Scientists have installed measurement sensors at the planting sites, making it possible to monitor concentrations of pollutants online without the need for complex laboratory analysis. The data can be accessed via the website airsens.eu (click on “Přístup pro veřejnost”, meaning “Public access”). Pilot measurements are also being taken at other cities in the Moravian-Silesian Region (Třinec and Opava), and this piloting will later be extended to Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Havířov and Rychvald.
The initial phase of the CLAIRO project also included a public opinion survey (conducted by RSTS and SOBIC) which gauged how people in the region perceive the environment and whether they would be willing to alter their lifestyle to achieve environmental improvements. During this year, RSTS and SOBIC are planning to implement a number of educational events targeted at raising awareness among local government representatives and also in secondary schools, universities and among the general public. We will continue to inform you about the latest developments in the project via the CLAIRO website.
The budget of the CLAIRO project will be approximately 65 million CZK, of which EU funding will make up 52.7 million CZK.
For more information on the project see the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) website.