Llanelli-based Vindico’s Head of R&D, Professor Paul Lewis, has been appointed regional Clean Air Champion for the UKRI and the Met Office’s Clean Air Programme.
As one of four new regional Clean Air Champions, Lewis will join the existing champions in supporting the national Clean Air programme – a £42.5 million investment that supports high quality research and innovation to develop practical solutions for today’s air quality issues and equip the UK to proactively tackle future air quality challenges.
A Swansea University Professor Emeritus, Paul Lewis has already made an impact in both Wales and the UK with his air quality research and innovations.
As Director of R&D at Vindico, Professor Lewis is driving some of the most cutting-edge research, insights, and innovations around clean air and its impact on local communities. His most notable project to date is Think Air – Vindico’s self-funded background air quality monitoring and insights network – of which he is Co-Founder.
Think Air is now the largest urban and rural background particulate network in Wales, covering the entire reach of the country. It provides air quality data that supports agriculture, commercial, residential, and education environments – and is on track to being the largest non-governmental background air quality monitoring network in the UK by the end of 2022.
Most importantly, it is collecting real-time data that is helping Professor Lewis and his team to gain valuable data and insights into local air quality – what is impacting it, and what we can do to improve it.
Speaking of his recent appointment, Paul Lewis says:
“I am delighted to become the UKRI Regional Air Champion for Wales, supporting the work of the Clean Air Programme and Strategic Priorities Fund.
“The role will allow me to engage with key stakeholders from academia, industry, government, the NHS and third sector right across Wales to help develop new solutions and policies to reduce air pollution and the impacts on our health and wellbeing.”
In addition to supporting the nationwide Clean Air programme, Professor Lewis is a member of the Welsh Government Clean Air Panel. A member of the Cross-Party Group for a new Clean Air Act, he also sits on several advisory panels including the Wales Air Quality Direction Independent Review Pane and the Domestic Solid Fuel Burning in Wales, Task and Finish Group.