The subject of air quality has risen significantly in political, corporate and social agendas in recent years. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there are 47 towns and cities across the country that are either at the limit of recommended safe levels, or exceed them. Poor air quality is an issue that affects the whole of the UK and continues to impact on our health and wellbeing, causing both short-term and long-term effects.
As an organisation that is in a position to help tackle air quality, we are fully committed to playing our part in the process. Our ethos and objectives focus on improving air quality, carbon reduction and operating efficiencies – all of which will improve the quality of lives for individuals, communities and our customers in a way that is harmonious with the environment.
As a further demonstration of our commitment we partnered with GAP supporting the Clean Air Day campaign. During the 2018 campaign we have worked closely with GAP to launch the Clean Van Commitment. The Clean Van Commitment aims to support the 100 largest fleets in the UK to transition towards zero tailpipe emissions vans in cities by 2028 (a commitment trying to tackle the 4 million vans on UK roads responsible for 12% of all diesel emissions in urban settings). The first signatories will be announced at the Zero Emission Summit in September 2018.
This commitment coincides with the launch of an ENGIE Air Quality App developed in partnership with King’s College London which will help both employees and customers to walk and cycle using the lowest pollution routes across London. As part of this partnership, ENGIE commissioned a research paper into the difference between internal and external air quality; Quality of Air for All.
In addition to this, the work we are developing on raising awareness of air quality and promoting green mobility will help to improve health and wellbeing in the urban environment.
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ENGIE Group solutions for better mobility:
To improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and optimise transport networks, ENGIE is revolutionising urban mobility by using electricity, sustainable transport or thinking about the city of tomorrow. Watch the video to find out more >