ENGIE becomes partner of Clean Air Day
ENGIE, the leading energy and services Group, has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling air pollution by becoming a partner of Clean Air Day 2018, which takes place on 21 June.
Clean Air Day seeks to educate the public about air pollution, while encouraging individuals and companies to step up and make small but important changes to their daily routines, which will be instrumental in reducing emissions.
ENGIE is working with Global Action Plan, the environmental charity behind Clean Air Day, to tackle air pollution head on, by asking van fleets across the country to clean up their vehicles. The Clean Van Commitment (CVC) is calling on the UK’s top 100 van fleet operators to become tailpipe emission-free in cities by switching their vehicles to greener alternatives, such as electric.
This follows action taken by ENGIE during Clean Air Day 2017, when the company committed to using its platform as a leading provider of services to public and private sectors, which relied heavily on vehicle fleets, to be a trailblazer for change. The company pledged to ensure 20% of its vehicle fleet would be electric by 2020, with a long-term target of zero diesel vehicles by 2025.
Wilfrid Petrie, CEO of ENGIE in UK & Ireland, said: “By becoming a partner of Clean Air Day we can help inspire change that will make a positive and long-lasting difference for everyone in the country. This partnership aligns perfectly with our company ethos and objectives, which focus on improving air quality, carbon reduction and operating efficiencies – improving the quality of lives for both communities and our customers in a way that is harmonious with the environment.”
As well as ENGIE ‘s leading involvement in CVC, the company has also partnered with King’s College London to commission a research paper into the difference between internal and external air quality; while implementing a Green Car Scheme for employees and launching an Electric Vehicle Home Energy Tariff for domestic users.
In the build up to Clean Air Day, ENGIE will be utilising its relationships with local authorities, schools, hospitals and the wider community to run events and encourage everyone to make pledges. These may include agreeing to car share once a week, cycle or walk to work and ensuring heating and cooking appliances are well maintained.
A total of 47 towns and cities in the UK have air pollution levels that exceed World Health Organisation guidelines*. Poor air quality is linked to heart disease, can cause and worsen asthma, and increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and decreased lung function development in children.
Wilfrid added: “We want this to be more than a national awareness day and endeavour to make this campaign both engaging and informative. Air pollution is a serious threat and we hope that our initial pledges will provoke some much-needed conversations and get other companies and individuals on-board, so we can collectively tackle this issue and create positive change.”
* Source, World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Ambient Air Quality Database (update 2018)
About Clean Air Day – 21 June 2018
Clean Air Day on 21 June 2018 is an annual opportunity for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
Clean Air Day aims to:
- improve public understanding of air pollution, both indoors and outdoors
- build awareness of how air pollution affects our health, especially that of young children and people with heart and lung problems
- explain some of the easy things we can all do to tackle air pollution
- Clean Air Day is supported by key health institutions and charities such as Public Health England, the Royal College of Physicians, British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital and many local authorities and universities.