Drive switch to EVs this Clean Air Day – big business told

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20 June 2019

**Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group available for interviews**

This Clean Air Day (20 June 2019) Helen Clarkson, CEO of international non-profit The Climate Group highlights the vital role that business can play in leading the switch to EVs and significantly cutting air pollution:

“Electric vehicles provide a key solution in cutting air pollution globally. With businesses running over half of all new vehicles on the road*, it is critical they make the switch to EVs, and play their part in bringing down emissions and cleaning up our air.

“There are big opportunities for companies taking action – from savings on fuel and maintenance to helping future proof operations as low emissions zones are introduced globally – EVs make business sense. Investing in the switch outweighs any upfront cost.

“Already through our global EV initiative EV100, members are electrifying over two million vehicles globally. Through their investment, and influence on millions of staff and customers worldwide, businesses can significantly enhance demand. This Clean Air Day, we are calling on them to join us in helping make EVs the new normal.”

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and is co-ordinated by the charity Global Action Plan. Each year hundreds of events take place across the country to raise awareness of how air pollution affects health and what can be done to tackle it.

Air pollution is on the rise worldwide, causing 4.2 million deaths a year globally, and costing the economy US$2.6 trillion annually.

ENDS

For more information or interviews, contact Nazneen Nawaz, Head of Media and Corporate Communications on media@theclimategroup.org / 07946 342 869

*stat relates to UK market

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change, take innovation and solutions to scale, and build ambition and pace. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. Our business initiatives EV100, EP100 and RE100 are brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition.

Visit TheClimateGroup.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup.

About EV100

EV100 is a global initiative by The Climate Group bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030. The transport sector accounts for approximately 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric transport offers a major solution, as well as curbing transport related air and noise pollution. With businesses owning over half of all registered vehicles on the road, it is crucial they lead the shift to electric vehicles through their investment decisions and influence on millions of staff and customers worldwide. By setting out their future EV purchasing requirements on an ambitious timescale, companies can increase demand, drive mass roll-out, and make electric cars more rapidly affordable for everyone.

Visit theclimategroup.org/EV100 and follow #EV100 on Twitter.

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