School kids breathing cleaner London air thanks to funding from taxi app Gett and Evergen

A London primary school is enjoying an improvement in air quality levels following the installation of air purification systems that have been tested against some of the highest pollution levels anywhere in the world. A partnership between taxi app ​Gett​ and environmental company ​Evergen Systems​ has seen three of Evergen’s state of the art PureAire Monolite units installed in the main hall of St Peter’s Eaton Square Primary School in Victoria.

The trial project has been co-funded by both Evergen and Gett, as well as the taxi app’s customers who choose to donate an extra 20p for every ride taken. With all of central London experiencing high particle pollution readings, the trial has explored whether the air cleaners could provide better air quality for children during the school day. Following installation at St Peter’s, particle pollution readings in the school have dropped with Nitrogen Dioxide levels - which particularly cause inflammation of the airways - and Ozone falling well within safe levels, as defined by the World Health Organisation. John De Pree​, ​Gett’s Marketing Director, said: ​“The quality of the air our children breathe is of significant concern at this vulnerable stage of their lives and that’s why we’re investing in schemes that actively clean the air today. We’re delighted that this trial has produced such fantastic results. “I’d like to thank all our customers who choose to donate 20p when hailing a Black Cab via our app, which helps fund these important initiatives. Now that we have proof that these innovative units can make such a difference to air quality, everyone at Gett is looking forward to rolling this out to other schools and making a difference to more kids as they study and play.” Sukhbir Sidhu, Evergen’s Founder and Director, said: ​“​Like all major cities around the world, the UK faces significant air quality challenges, most of all in London. That’s why we tested our technology in one of the world's most polluted cities - Delhi - where our solution was certified by the National Physical laboratory for its efficiency at cleaning outdoor air pollutants and bacteria. “As a UK based tech company I’m thrilled that we’re making a difference to St Peter’s and looking forward to rolling this out to their whole building and to other schools. The uniqueness of Evergen is that not only can we clean indoor air, we can clean outdoor air as well - and hopefully with further support from Gett and other funding partners, we can start installing into playgrounds too.” Miles Ridley, St Peter’s Headteacher, said: ​“This problem is not unique to St Peter’s - all schools in London are being affected by rising pollution levels. This technology could not have come soon enough, and I’m delighted to see it making such a measurable difference to the air quality in the school.”

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