In 2016, during the concerted reflection on Airparif's strategic plan, it was decided that a fourth strategic axis should be launched by Airparif to enable it to meet its mission of improving the quality of air in the territory of Île-de-France.
In addition to the "Monitoring", "Understanding" and "Accompanying" axes, the "Innovating" axis led Airparif, with the support of the Île-de-France Region for the prefiguration, to the creation of AIRLAB, the laboratory of open innovation on air quality issues in Île-de-France.
The purpose of AIRLAB is to evaluate and promote innovation to improve air quality on the territory but also to share these feedbacks at the national level with other AASQAs, at the European level with Airparif's European counterparts and with the European Commission and internationally by relying on Airparif's links with many countries with which the association carries out concrete projects.
A consortium was formed for the creation of AIRLAB in 2017. Ten founding members came together to found, support and participate in the development of AIRLAB.
The consortium is made up of the State (Regional Prefecture), Local Authorities (Region, City of Paris and Metropolis), a Union (Île-de-France Mobilité), Companies (SNCF, Véolia, Icade, EDF and Engie). These founding members are part of the AIRLAB Strategic Committee.
The objective was to bring together public and private partners committed to improving air quality in the territory.
September 17, 2017 : Creation of AIRLAB by decision of the Airparif Board of Directors
In total, since its creation, these are:
- 162 technological or behavioral change solutions which have been tested as part of AIRLAB-labeled projects;
- 107 organizations have been involved in these Projects;
- The community has 118 members including 22 members of the Steering Committee (including the 10 founding members) – 85% are Start-ups or SMEs;
- 7 breakfasts were organized for the presentation of new members;
- 2 technical webinars : FASEP Tool, Abrasion
- 5 themed mornings :
- the economics of the air quality sector;
- SARS-COV-2, an air pollutant?
- hydrogen energy, a vector for improving air quality?
- restitution of AIRLAB projects;
- indoor air pollution control systems: advantages and limitations.
Launch of AIRLAB with 6 initial projects labeled by the Steering Committee:
- real-time monitoring of building air quality – Icade and Veolia;
- capture mobility to change behavior - Citelum;
- real-time pollution in all the streets of Île-de-France (API development) - Airparif;
- an electric vehicle to test micro-sensors on the move – Geodis, SNCF and Airparif;
- let's breathe better in the 20e – Participatory budget City of Paris, Town Hall of 20th and Airparif;
- BREATHE - Remediation of outdoor air quality - Engie.
- 10 new projects following the call for experimentation Air Quality from URBAN LAB and AIRLAB with the City of Paris and Paris&Co and with the support of ADEME and the Banque des Territoires;
- let's innovate for the Air of our Stations – IDFM, SNCF, RATP;
- 1er AIRLAB Micro-sensor Challenge – Airparif and 9 partners.
- 2th AIRLAB Micro-sensor Challenge – Airparif and 15 partners;
- mobility and air quality in the Greater Paris Metropolis: awareness and behavioral changes on a large scale – Metropolis of Greater Paris;
- let's innovate for the Air in our Public Buildings #1- Ile-de-France region and Airparif;
- let's innovate for the Air in our Public Buildings #2 - Ile-de-France region and Airparif.
Measurements and Perceptions – Ile-de-France region and Airparif.
3th AIRLAB Micro-sensor Challenge – Airparif and 19 partners.
Launch of new AIRLAB website.