The health emergency linked to the spread of COVID-19 has led to important reduction in industrial and logistics activities, as well as to a drastic changes in citizens' behaviors and habits. The restrictions on working activities, journeys and relationships imposed by the lockdown have had important consequences, including for environmental quality. This review aims to provide a structured and critical evaluation of the recent scientific bibliography that analyzed and described the impact of lockdown on human activities and on air quality. The results indicate an important effect of the lockdown during the first few months of 2020 on air pollution levels, compared to previous periods. The concentrations of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide have decreased. Tropospheric ozone, on the other hand, has significantly increased. These results are important indicators that can become decision drivers for future policies and strategies in industrial and logistics activities (including the mobility sector) aimed at their environmental sustainability. The scenario imposed by COVID-19 has supported the understanding of the link between the reduction of polluting emissions and the state of air quality and will be able to support strategic choices for the future sustainable growth of the industrial and logistics sector.

How changes in human activities during the lockdown impacted air quality parameters: A review / Marinello, S.; Butturi, M. A.; Gamberini, R.. - In: ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. - ISSN 1944-7442. - 40:4(2021), pp. e13672-e13672. [10.1002/ep.13672]

How changes in human activities during the lockdown impacted air quality parameters: A review

Marinello S.
;
Butturi M. A.;Gamberini R.
2021

Abstract

The health emergency linked to the spread of COVID-19 has led to important reduction in industrial and logistics activities, as well as to a drastic changes in citizens' behaviors and habits. The restrictions on working activities, journeys and relationships imposed by the lockdown have had important consequences, including for environmental quality. This review aims to provide a structured and critical evaluation of the recent scientific bibliography that analyzed and described the impact of lockdown on human activities and on air quality. The results indicate an important effect of the lockdown during the first few months of 2020 on air pollution levels, compared to previous periods. The concentrations of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide have decreased. Tropospheric ozone, on the other hand, has significantly increased. These results are important indicators that can become decision drivers for future policies and strategies in industrial and logistics activities (including the mobility sector) aimed at their environmental sustainability. The scenario imposed by COVID-19 has supported the understanding of the link between the reduction of polluting emissions and the state of air quality and will be able to support strategic choices for the future sustainable growth of the industrial and logistics sector.
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How changes in human activities during the lockdown impacted air quality parameters: A review / Marinello, S.; Butturi, M. A.; Gamberini, R.. - In: ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. - ISSN 1944-7442. - 40:4(2021), pp. e13672-e13672. [10.1002/ep.13672]
Marinello, S.; Butturi, M. A.; Gamberini, R.
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