Couple cross a road in Amsterdam

A couple cross the road in Amsterdam (Adobe Stock/Castenoid)

Research from Dr Christian Brand (TSU, University of Oxford) and Dr Alistair Hunt (University of Bath) on the cost of air pollution from cars and vans has been translated and applied to Dutch roads by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth in the Netherlands).

Using Brand and Hunt's paper 'The health costs of air pollution from cars and vans' as a basis, Milieudefensie calculated that each car cost Dutch society an average € 4,000. The latest research - which found that Netherlands car pollution cost nearly €50 billion through associated health damage - made headlines in the Dutch national press.

The original research was a joint consultancy piece for Global Action Plan, co-funded by UKERC, and was released for Clean Air Day 2018.