Zero Zones are a central part of our strategy to deliver tangible, real-world benefits to wellbeing and quality of life.
Much as we would love to make the planet pollution and waste-free overnight, clearly we cannot. But it is practical and meaningful to look at smaller, more contained areas, or ‘zones’.
Within these zones we can – right now – test, treat, monitor and control air quality, pollutants and other contaminants. We can also manage the waste cycle within those zones towards a position of zero waste.
But importantly, we should not be constrained by any specific idea about what comprises a zone. It can be large or small, indoors or outdoors.
What is a ‘zone’?
A zone can be almost anything – at least anything that has a fixed, definable boundary.
Obvious examples would include the interiors of large spaces to which the public has access such as shopping centres, airports and hospitals – or communal residential buildings such as apartment blocks and student halls of residence.
Perhaps less obviously, zones can be at a micro-level, and can also be in outdoor locations. So an individual taxi or bus might be a zero pollution zone. Or indeed the outside bus stop or taxi stand that those vehicles serve.Applications of Zero Zones
Every breath counts
According to the World Health Organization, ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.
So controlling air quality – especially in the specific locations we spend the lion’s share of our time – is a challenge worthy of our attention.
Zero Pollution Zones are concerned with the holistic management of the air quality within a specific defined environment.
And by ‘management’ we mean far more than simply providing technology to filter contaminants from the air.
By bringing together the right combination of best-in-breed products, our solutions empower users to understand, monitor and control the air that they breathe.
From initial air quality audits, to the implementation of networks of sensors capable of detecting a wide variety of airborne pollutants and pathogens, our solutions are designed to provide ongoing, actionable intelligence.
With products and configurations designed specifically for both domestic and commercial settings, having up-to-the-minute data relating to the air quality (and other important ambient conditions) across the entire zone is now possible.
And when you can measure it, you can manage it.
By investing in relevant technologies, and partnering with market-leading vendors, we can deliver complete air treatment solutions for domestic, residential and commercial settings.
This range of market-leading solutions includes ultra-portable devices for vehicles, through to commercial units capable of filtering airborne contaminants down to 0.05 microns with 99.995% efficiency, and with unparalleled Clean Air Delivery Rates (CADR).
The path to net zero waste
‘Designing out waste’ is one of the central themes of a circular economy – where, following examples from nature, the output of one process becomes the input of another, the very definition of sustainability.
There is no ‘silver bullet’ though, no magic way of eliminating waste overnight.
Our Zero Waste Zones again focus on the tangible and manageable advances that can be made at a localised level – creating ‘closed loops’ within suitable micro-environments.
There are significant opportunities for eliminating organic waste, from a domestic level all the way up to large scale industrial applications.
Any ‘zone’ that otherwise creates a significant amount of organic waste (which will often ultimately end up in landfill), can benefit from on-site processing of that waste via aerobic digester.
Such digesters are capable of turning raw organic waste into a dry combustible material – a nutrient rich compost and high energy valuable biomass fuel – in as little as 24hrs.
These processes also inherently reduce the weight and volume of the organic waste (thereby reducing storage and disposal overheads), and the output can be used to directly feed into the fuel requirements for the site itself, thereby reducing dependence on other fuel types.
Construction & Demolition Waste
At Seeders Capital we are constantly looking for opportunities to expand the reach and effectiveness of our Zero Zone concepts, and this includes our current research and solution development for Construction & Demolition Waste (CDW).
We are working on mobile, modular solutions that allow CDW to be recovered, processed and monetised on-site, providing the opportunity for creating revenue from waste.
When should zero zones be created?
Construction and renovation projects will inevitably give the greatest opportunities, because where any form of infrastructure is required (such as airflow ducting, power, monitoring sensors), these considerations can more easily be incorporated into the overall project planning.
Many solutions, however, require no such infrastructural elements, and can therefore be ‘retro-fitted’ into existing locations with a minimum of disruption.