Air pollution and climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time but they are also an opportunity to do better. 9 out of 10 people breathe air that is harmful to their health. From the US to Germany and India to China, clean air is increasingly recognized as a priority.
Endlessly innovative and a driver of change, the private sector is well-positioned to improve air quality. By devising solutions and providing low emissions technologies, goods, and services, businesses can help rebalance the relationship between humans and nature, and ensure clean air for all.
The Alliance for Clean Air launched on 3 November 2021 with 10 founding members. To learn more, read the press release here.
“Make no mistake: The climate crisis is a health crisis. Just consider recent reports indicating that eliminating fossil fuels around the world could prevent nearly nine million deaths per year. Accordingly, building on our longstanding leadership in corporate responsibility, last year we announced Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives™, a 20-year commitment aimed at improving public health and eliminating fossil fuels across our organization. In line with this effort, we are pleased to become founding members of the Alliance for Clean Air, and look forward to collaborating with other climate leaders to promote a healthier, more sustainable future for all.” - Michel Vounatsos, Chief Executive Officer, Biogen
“Air pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health today. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnerships across the globe, we’re helping cities to measure exactly how much pollution there is, pinpoint its sources and understand the real-life impacts. And as a company, we're applying those lessons to our own operations in order to minimise our environmental impact. We look forward to accelerating these efforts as part of the Alliance for Clean Air.” - Jemma Read, Global Head of Corporate Philanthropy, Bloomberg
"We are thrilled to join the World Economic Forum's new Alliance for Clean Air. At Google, we've focused on applying our technology to air pollution science and action for over a decade, as part of our sustainability commitments. We know that everyone -- from governments to the general public -- can benefit from maps and data insights about air quality, and we're excited to work with others in this Alliance to do even more." - Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Google
“IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and the planet, and a priority for us is to contribute to a world of clean air. The good news is that we already know what can make a difference - such as improving agricultural management practices, phasing out coal- and oil-based fuels, and transferring into electrification. We are committed to continually reducing our impact on air pollution across our value chain, whilst also enabling people to purify the air in their homes. Joining the Alliance for Clean Air further demonstrates this commitment." - Lena Pripp-Kovac, Chief Sustainability Officer, Inter IKEA Group
“In September the WHO lowered the recommended levels of pollutants considered safe for human health; more than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas which do not meet WHO’s previous pollution standards. The situation is dire and we need urgent action to reduce our emissions and curb climate change. The Mahindra Group is proud to be one of the founding members of the Alliance for Clean Air, which aims to tackle the problem of air pollution at scale by helping businesses measure their own impact, influence their value chain and mobilize people and resources to make air breathable for everyone.” - Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group
“We agree with the UNEP and the United Nation’s positions that access to a healthy environment is a human right. Reducing pollution is therefore not just an ecological issue but also a matter of social justice. I'm proud that Siemens is one of the founding members of the Clean Air Alliance, using technology with purpose to help reducing emissions." - Judith Wiese, Chief People and Sustainability Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens
“At Wipro, we are strongly committed to making positive social and environmental impact. We are delighted to join the Alliance for Clean Air and demonstrate the importance of business leadership with our stakeholders. The time is now for companies to take action on air pollution and prioritize the health of people and the planet." - Narayan P S, Global Head – Sustainability and Social Initiatives, Wipro Limited
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