EVENT: Breathing Clean During COVID-19 series - London Business for Clean Air
As businesses in the capital see staff and customers return to offices, shops and restaurants, it’s never been more important for London streets to have clean air. In the lead up to Clean Air Day 2020, join other businesses at 3pm on 28th September 2020 to find out why and how your company can help the community stay safe, breathe easier and reduce emissions.
In this topical and informative event for London businesses, hear from both the city’s biggest businesses and most exciting start-ups offering solutions about the benefits of ‘thinking clean air’ for improved health and wellbeing, employee and customer engagement and corporate sustainability.
During lockdown, London saw a 21% drop on average in NO2 – a harmful pollutant which can inflame people’s lungs - with some inner-city locations recording as much as a 55% drop. During this time we saw less vehicles on the roads, including a 40% reduction in lorry journeys. Since coronavirus, 72% of us are concerned about air pollution after we glimpsed life with better air – rising further for those with health conditions like asthma. Most people (74%) believe that businesses need to do more to cut pollution and traffic after the lockdown, so that pollution levels don’t go back to the way they were.
Businesses are therefore invited to commit to #buildbackcleanerair in the lead up to this year’s Clean Air Day on 8th October. As the public, policymakers and media become increasingly concerned about air quality and its impact on COVID-19 and our nation’s health, businesses in London have an opportunity to help keep pollution down while bringing back the life to our streets. Whether you’re a creative agency, law firm or a restaurant – together we can have a big impact by using low-emission suppliers for deliveries and encouraging staff and customers to walk or cycle.
Larissa Lockwood, Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan
Larissa leads Global Action Plan’s clean air work, including the UK’s largest air pollution campaign – Clean Air Day – that helps millions of people learn more about air pollution and take action to protect their health. She created the Clean Air Hospital Framework programme in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital to help the health sector act on air pollution. At Global Action Plan, Larisa is managing a growing Air Quality portfolio, and among other projects, is accelerating the transition to electric vans through the Clean Van Commitment.
Roger Madelin, Head of Canada Water Development at British Land
After 29 years at the Developer Argent, where Roger as CEO lead their 56 acre King’s Cross project, he joined British Land in February 2016 to head their 53 acre Canada Water development. Creating a new urban centre for London in Zone 2 surrounded by 120 acres of park, woodland and docks is an amazing opportunity for London.
James Bellinger, Senior Air Quality Consultant at Arup
James Bellinger is a senior air quality consultant responsible for project management and the technical delivery of planning applications and air quality assessments. He has a particular interest in mitigation options for air quality.He works with clients and stakeholders to identify solutions which will provide suitable mitigation to local air quality issues. Working as part of the Environmental Consulting team at Arup, he has worked on a diverse range of projects across a number of markets for both private and public sector clients. His knowledge spans from air quality modelling and monitoring to carbon assessments, health impacts and effects on ecosystems.
Christopher Dixon, Co-Founder of Pedal Me
Christopher Dixon, Director of Training at Pedal Me, Co-Founded the company with CEO Ben Knowles in 2017. Pedal Me's mission is to remove as many journeys by motor vehicle as possible, by delivering payloads that have traditionally been done by vans and taxis. They can move up to 150kg around Greater London per journey, and of course, by using bicycles are faster than any motor vehicle in the urban environment, and of course do this all in the greenest possible way. This is possible with a combination of in-house City & Guilds Assured employees, and 52 (and counting) specially adapted e-cargo bikes, each ridden over from Urban Arrow in Amsterdam.
No gig economy, infinitesimally small emissions, and above all, excellent value to the client.
Who should attend?
The discussion will be relevant for large London businesses wanting to build air quality and health into COVID-19 recovery plans, and sustainable business strategies. It will be of particular relevance to companies with large workforces seeking to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases emitted.