Air pollution has significant impacts on the environment and the health of human beings. Inhaling pollutants and small particulate matter contribute to cardiovascular disease, respiratory concerns, lung cancer, and onset asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked over 4.2 million premature deaths from health issues to air pollution. Air pollutants continue to disproportionately affect lower-income communities, leading to poor health for those with no access to health care. Tackling air quality and pollutants needs to be a priority for private companies.
Addressing air quality will not only save lives but highlight the urgency of climate change. Climate change and air pollution often have the same causes: industrial emissions, transportation, fossil fuels, etc. The growing awareness of air pollution's impact on health has accelerated climate action. Because many businesses contribute to emissions, they play a key role in reducing air pollution.
There are many ways that businesses can clean up and reduce their air pollution, emissions, and their carbon footprint. Companies play a significant role in creating alliances where governments, countries, private sector individuals, and others can be encouraged to strategize on efficient ways to reduce emissions.
Companies can begin by adding air quality to their main focus as a corporate social responsibility. By outlining their activities and accurately reporting on their involvement in implementing a cleaner footprint, individuals can better hold corporations accountable. Internally, businesses can reduce their emissions by breaking down the structure of their business and identifying how each element of their service, production line, or supply chain contributes to their overall pollution. Making changes at a smaller, more specific level can pay off in bigger ways.
Through data collection and analysis, corporations can create emissions inventories of major pollutants related to their own activities and monitor how the adjustments they make impact their numbers. Having statistical evidence to show either increases or reductions in emissions can help shape their strategies to leave a green footprint by establishing programs that reduce air pollutants from their operations. These programs will monitor the changes and impacts made by decision-makers.
Finally, companies can continue to push environmental campaigns to transparently communicate their data and operation changes. Openly highlighting ways they will make their company greener, investing funding in new equipment, programs, and using data to show emissions reductions are strong private sector green actions.
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