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EVENT: Breathing clean during COVID-19 - Business travel and commuting’s impact on air quality



11 billion road miles annually in the UK could be saved by eradicating 1 in 5 commutes by car. Can businesses retain a frequent and regular remote working routine as we emerge from lockdown, something that 87% of people want to keep doing? What are the implications and opportunities for businesses?  How much toxic air pollution could this save?



We invite you to participate in a virtual event taking place 30th July 2020 to discuss the role of remote working in reducing a company’s air pollution footprint. This event is the first in a series of webinars from Global Action Plan and the Business Clean Air Taskforce exploring the different ways companies can create cleaner air.




As businesses look ahead to the ‘new normal’, the UK’s Business Clean Air Taskforce urges employers to retain the option of flexiworking for those who worked remotely during lockdown; it’s good for business, the environment, and smooth recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Flexiworking is one of 6 ways business can build back cleaner air into business recovery plans.  Provision of home working and local workspaces is not only important during the current pandemic, but is essential for business to help avert climate breakdown, improve air quality and engage a thriving modern workforce.


The interactive discussion will help participants better understand and articulate the opportunity of remote working to reduce their organisation’s environmental footprint, positively contribute to clean air, and deliver on other business drivers including employee engagement and wellbeing.



How reducing air pollution affects employee health, wellbeing and engagement


Chris Large, Co-CEO at Global Action Plan, Chris has been leading programmes such as the multi award-winning Operation TLC since he joined Global Action Plan in 2005. Chris's achievements include directing staff engagement programmes for three of the big six energy suppliers in the UK, and training pan-European climate leaders and environment officers to become environmental advocates. He has also written environmental policies and roadmaps for clients such as corporations and NHS trusts, and informs policy through consultation responses and conference presentations. Follow Chris @ChrisLarge1

A head-shot of Chris Large, Co-CEO at Global Action Plan

What has been the business experience of remote working during lockdown?


Jamie Quinn, Director Responsible Business and SHEQ, Engie UK, where Jamie's focus is on embedding responsible business practices including an independent Scrutiny Board, materiality assessments, new business opportunities, sustainable procurement, environmental management systems, circular economy and resource efficiency and social value strategy, including the ambitious ENGIE commitment to 20% of its fleet being electric by 2020 and zero diesel by 2025. Jamie will be looking into the benefits of remote working (environmental, social and economic), the challenges and the business needs.


Head-shot of Jamie Quinn, Director Responsible Business and SHEQ at Engie

Positioning remote working with HR teams and ensuring employees are supported


Sharlene Gandhi is an employee experience consultant, and freelance climate and business writer. In both capacities, she has a specialist focus on driving behaviour change. Sharlene is also a Champion at the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University, where she runs monthly webinars and creative workshops on sustainability communication. Sharlene has been published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, gal-dem, Adobe Ideas and New Twenties, and has spoken at Amnesty International and Converse London. Follow Sharlene on Twitter and Instagram at @Sharlene_Gandhi

Headshot of Sharlene Gandhi

The impact of business travel and commuting on the UK’s air quality and environmental agenda: before, during and after lockdown


Stuart Sneddon is an Associate Director and Business Manager for Ricardo Energy & Environment.  He is a Chartered Scientist with over 20 years of experience within the environmental sector with expertise encompassing air quality management, climate change mitigation and human health/ environmental risk assessments.   He is an experienced Project Manager and Project Director, having led a large number of air quality management projects and programmes in the UK and Internationally. He will be discussing the impact of business travel and commuting on the UK’s air quality and environmental agenda: before, during and after lockdown. Air pollution monitoring and modelled data will be shared by Dr Stuart Sneddon, Air Quality Business Manager from Ricardo’s Air Quality team, who works with a wide range of authorities across the UK and Internationally on the management of air pollution.

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Facilitated audience and speaker discussion of key considerations and how to accelerate sustainable ways of working


Who should attend?


The discussion will be relevant for Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility professionals in 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.