Green Cube

Improving citizen health by understanding the spread of Asthma, possible causes and impact in a local borough

Allot helped Basildon Borough Council to gain insight into the spread of Asthma, environmental pollution, transportation, energy consumption, waste recycling and energy efficiency. This was analysed using the framework of SDG, the United Nations 2030 agenda.

About the Client

Basildon Borough Council is a local government district in south Essex in the East of England. The Council serves a population of 177,000 and is located 30 miles from central London. The district includes the towns of Basildon, Billericay and Wickford which hold over 2,000 manufacturing, construction and service companies in the region.

The area is a priority for one of the government’s biggest regeneration initiatives, the development of the Thames Gateway. This project was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) programme.

Challenge

Basildon’s Borough Council has made sustainable development a priority in order to positively impact the lives of its residents. Part of their initiative is based on using development data to identify locational problems within Basildon and compare the information against other councils in the UK.

The council has access to a wealth of information from various sources such as ONS, NHS, PHS, ONS, Essex Air, and World Bank. However, the council lacks the technical abilities to derive and analyse the data sets to the full extent. Mastering this data is essential to deliver a better quality of life for its citizens under their smart city initiative – Green Cube.

Transformation

Green Cube’s foundation is based on Basildon focusing on improving upon two of the UN defined Sustainable Development Goals 

  1. To provide access to affordable and Clean Energy (Goal 7)
  2. The need to combat the Climate Action (Goal 13)

Allot began by digitising the goals, indicators, and measures for the Basildon council. Then, we compared them to both national and county levels to provide the council with comparative benchmarks.

For Goal 7 – Affordable and clean energy – Allot provided key analysis for:

  • The relationship between energy efficient housing and bedrooms per house
  • A comparison of renewable energy installations by local authorities within Basildon
  • The consumption of gas and electricity by MSOA area
  • Fuel poverty and deprivation
  • Sustainable ECO measures

For Goal 13 – Climate Action – Allot provided key analysis of:

  • Mapping pollution levels by pollutant type at MSOA level
  • Commuting habits of residents
  • Ownership of cars within the region
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure
  • The impact of the above factors on health and wellbeing

Allot’s intensive analysis enabled the council to view data at the level of each Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA). By doing so, the council could easily compare Basildon’s data to the statistical information of other councils, along with geographical representation for visual analysis.

Results

Analysis of a wide range of data sources including transport usage, commuting habits, healthcare information, and air pollution, allowed Allot to construct a multidimensional picture of Basildon. We subdivided the region into key areas that make up the borough, so the council could understand how the geographic variation of air pollution impacts its socio-economic standards.

One key outcome of Allot’s work has been an improved understanding of the impact of air pollution directly around the South Arterial Road, the industrial corridor of Basildon. Our data analysis discovered the relationship between the pollution, spread of asthma and impact on academic achievements in nearby residents.

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