India, August, 2016 – ‘Clean Air India Movement (CLAIM)’, India’s largest anti-pollution campaign launched by indoor air cleaning leader Blueair, bagged the ‘Energy and Environment Foundation Global Award 2016’ for efforts to tackle the problem of air toxicity.
The award was presented to CLAIM founder Vijay Kannan (India head of Blueair) by Satish B. Agnihotri, the President of Energy and Environment Foundation, a global organisation constituted to serve as a catalyst to address global energy and environment issues for a greener planet.
The occasion was the 7th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress, which was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar was also present.
“It is a great honour to be recognised for initiating and pursuing positive steps to address the grave problem of air pollution, which threatens human health and wellness in most urban environments across our country,” said Vijay Kannan, India head of Blueair and founder of CLAIM.
Under the CLAIM initiative, it has been decided to plant one million trees across the country in the next three years.
He said CLAIM will implement a non-partisan programme aimed to raise awareness among the people about the need to tackle alarming levels of air pollution.
Under the CLAIM initiative, several surveys have been undertaken which indicate that poor indoor air in Indian cities has severe negative impact on public health.For instance, in one of the recent surveys conducted among 1,500 people (average age of 39 years) across Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, 47 per cent had symptoms of respiratory diseases.
CLAIM strives to facilitate air friendly measures by cultivating small habits such as using public transport, wise use of energy, recycling and re-using, planting trees, properly maintaining the vehicles, use of alternate energy, being environment friendly, using proper technology, replacing standard light bulbs with CFLs, for example. The CLAIM initiative promotes encourages community initiatives for a better environment. The campaign has received a huge appreciation and support by public, government and other key environment stakeholders. The campaign had played a pivotal role in bringing the awareness on current problems due to air pollution, under the notice of government stakeholders to enforce required policies and regulations related to air pollution and control measures.
Energy and Environment Foundation (EEF) is a not-for-profit, non-political, neutral and independent, non-governmental organization (NGO). EEF has been constituted to serve as a catalyst to address global energy and environment issues for a healthier, happier, prosperous and greener planet.
Founded in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden, Blueair innovates, manufactures and commercializes award-winning air purifying technologies and products for consumers and businesses. Available in over 62 markets worldwide, Blueair air purifiers are designed to enhance user health and wellbeing by removing airborne allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other pollutants in home, work and leisure environments. www.blueair.com