Protecting children from air pollution

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Published: 16 June 2021


Mitsubishi Electric head of sustainability, Martin Fahey, is joining a special webinar on Clean Air Day 2021 tomorrow (June 17) to focus on what companies should be doing to help protect children’s health and the wider environment.

“Like all companies we are looking at what we can do to reduce carbon across the board and we are also starting the journey to look at the embedded carbon in our products,” he explains, “We felt it was important to join this online forum so that we can appeal to anyone, no matter where they are in the carbon-reduction journey – and learn lessons from each other.”

Fahey will sit on a panel of speakers including UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, Maria Pia Bianchetti, private sector policy and influencing manager, UK Committee for UNICEF, and Jamie Quinn, director responsible business & SHEQ, ENGIE UK & Ireland.

“I’ll also be talking about the importance of indoor air quality, especially as we can all spend over 90 per cent of our time indoors, so we need to focus on solutions that can help improve air quality here as well,” added Fahey.

Air pollution is estimated to cause up to 36,000 deaths a year in the UK and poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, is linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development and may even contribute to mental health issues. Led by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings communities, businesses, schools and the health sector together to build awareness and explain the easy actions we can all take. 
 
Register for the 4pm event here.