Clean Air Day to become clean air all the time

Date Posted: 07/10/2020 15:37:09

Thursday 8th October marks the return of Clean Air Day, with government, industry bodies and pioneers in sustainability calling upon the great British public to help make it the cleanest Clean Air Day yet.
Confirming support for the initiative, a survey by Venson Automotive Solutions shows that 47% of people[i] want to play their part in reducing pollution by tackling traffic emissions.
Road transport accounts for 22% of total UK emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK[ii] - and according to researchers at Centre for Cities, long-term exposure to air pollution is killing one in 19 people[iii], having a huge impact on the lives of those who live in the UK's cities. Clean Air Day raises awareness of these dangers with an emphasis on educating people of the health and wellbeing implications for unborn babies and children.
To counter these health risks, 38% of people surveyed by Venson believe that the Government should introduce more clean air zones as well as encourage an increase in the take up of electric vehicles. Among young people (18-24 years) this figure rose to 55%, whilst there were regional differences too - 53% of people in Scotland, 50% in the North East and 50% in London believed more clean air zones would have an effect on EV numbers.
Despite an unprecedented fall in emission levels during lockdown, they are already returning to pre-Covid-19 levels. Venson believes that businesses who operate fleets up and down the country, can make a contribution to addressing emissions levels by educating company car drivers of the benefits of switching to electric and reviewing the potential adding electric vans to their fleets.
Alison Bell, Marketing Director at Venson Automotive Solutions comments “For businesses coping with recent and rapid changes in company car and van use, a focus on improving sustainability and embracing the benefits of EVs has perhaps understandably taken a back seat. 
However, Clean Air Day is a great initiative which will help to bring this important issue centre stage.
Fleet managers have an important role to play in ensuring that the UK meets its emission targets and protects people’s health by embracing ‘green fleets’.  There has been a dramatic increase in the choice of EVs available, more attractive tax incentives, especially the 0% benefit-in-kind rate for company car drivers and further investment in EV charging points, all of which should make companies more confident about investing in eco-friendly vehicles.”
Our whitepaper “Take a deep breath: The Latest on Clean Air Zones’ can be downloaded for free from the Media Centre.
[i] Independent Survey of 200 people undertaken in April 2020
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