Sanity System joins the AIR Alliance to improve air quality inside vehicles

Global leader in design and manufacture of natural sanitisation technologies supports programme to address in-vehicle pollutants

30 June 2020 – The AIR Alliance (AIR) publishers of the AIR Index, welcomes Sanity System as the latest member to join its ongoing commitment to improve air quality and reduce the impact of climate change.

AIR delivers cost-effective ways to reduce harmful vehicle emissions by promoting full transparency on actual emissions produced in real-world conditions. The quality of air inside a vehicle is currently un-regulated and this is a growing area of interest to individuals and policy makers as information emerges about the health effects from in-cabin pollution. AIR has initiated a European CEN workshop (CEN/WS 103) to develop a standard test procedure that can be used to collect test data for in-cabin air, for different vehicles makes and models.  

Sanity Systems International Limited (Sanity System) is an Italian company founded in 2010, to prevent diseases, allergies and infections by sanitising the air, water and surfaces we come into contact with. Sanity System has joined the CEN workshop as it believes its technology can enhance the quality of in-cabin air. The company promotes sanitisation with ozone to provide a high level of hygiene and safety, including a dedicated solution for in-cabin vehicle environments.

AIR previously participated in the European CEN workshop, CEN/WS 90, in 2017 to develop the methodology for collecting comparable data from tailpipe emissions using portable emissions monitoring systems (PEMS). The results from this workshop were formalised into the CWA17379 methodology and led to the creation of the AIR Index rating to fairly compare the emissions performance of different vehicles.

Massimo Fedeli, co-founder of AIR said: “The AIR Alliance provides independent, trusted and practical solutions to address the consequences of harmful vehicle emissions. The AIR Index ratings for urban NOx and CO2 now provide clear information for consumers and policy makers about tailpipe emissions for cars and vans, but pollution inside the cabin remains un-regulated despite the well-understood links between exposure to harmful emissions and health.

“Last year we initiated a European CEN workshop to agree the methodology for gathering in-cabin pollutant data and as part of our research we encountered Sanity System whose ozone sanitisation technology is used to cleanse in-cabin air and systems.

Sanity System joins international organisations and world-leading scientists in the AIR Alliance, bringing global expertise and commitment as we bring transparency to the effectiveness of vehicle ventilation systems on cabin air quality.”              

David Byrne, Managing Director of Sanity Systems International Limited said: Sanity System is proud to join the AIR Alliance and bring our experience of ozone sanitisation technology to support the important work which addresses healthcare issues associated with in-cabin air quality.

“The current COVID-19 crisis demonstrates the fundamental importance of hygiene inside vehicles and Sanity System is at the forefront of delivering effective in-cabin sanitisation worldwide.

“The team at Sanity System brings more than a decade of experience delivering practical, safe and environmentally sound solutions in the most sensitive and important environments including hospitals, ambulances, laboratories and emergency vehicles. We look forward to working with the AIR Alliance and to play our part in enabling the most effective route to reduce harmful emissions.”

AIR is an open alliance of like-minded members. Any organisation, public or private, that shares its values and manifesto is encouraged to join. Leading scientists have recognised the importance of the AIR Index and urge vehicle makers to utilise their ratings in order to build cleaner vehicles.


Notes to editors:

AIR carries out an ongoing programme of vehicle testing, and results are added to the AIR Index periodically.

Inspiration for the AIR Index was NCAP, the independent vehicle-safety rating system developed in the US in the 1970s that became the industry standard in the EU and around the world. The programme held car makers accountable for their safety performance, resulting in a voluntary adoption of technologies that led to safer vehicles.

AIR tests at least two different cars or vans of each model, sold and on the road, sourced independently from the vehicle makers in a scientifically robust programme of on-road trips which lead to an emissions rating in the AIR Index.

The rating of each vehicle uses the latest methodology CWA 17379 developed at European level to fairly compare the emissions performance of different vehicles using portable emissions monitoring systems (PEMS) to ensure that the technology provides trusted data on emissions that is transparent and available to everyone.

The AIR Index ratings for urban NOx and CO2 are colour-coded as follows:

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