Sustainability Vison

A new shape of life is forthcoming and TakeAir stands firm for the part of improved breathing. Long term solutions addressing social and environmental issues

Our sustainable vision is a core concept for the operations of TakeAir, our attention is directed towards the environmental and social concerns for air quality, that are changing the world today. TakeAir sees climate and social responsibility as pivotal elements for its future growth. Many aspects of air quality, similar to nature can be directly linked to our common 2030 Sustainable Goals.

Improving the health of our citizens, creating awareness and creating innovative solutions. Air quality is directly and indirectly linked with:

  • SDG 1: No Poverty: Improving human health is associated with a reduction in poverty
  • SDG 4: Quality Education: The concept of the microbiome and biological air treatments puts forward a new way of thinking about the interaction between bacteria and the human body: these insights are overturning previous assumptions, thereby endowing knowledge and endorsing high-level education.
  • Target 3.9. : “By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination.”
    • § 3.9.1. : “Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution”
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Leading innovation ideas in the industrial biological sector is relevant to sustainable practices and crucial in new fields of research (such as microbiome)
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
    • Target 11.6. : “By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
    • § 11.6.2. : “Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population-weighted)”

Air pollution is the fourth greatest overall risk factor for human health world­wide. Recent estimates attribute 6.5 million premature deaths to air pollution. Closely linked to policies for energy, climate, transport, trade, agriculture, biodiversity, and socio-economic development goals (IEA, 2016) (OECD, 2015). We have a strong opportunity to finally make ambitious chan­ges and deliver strong policy options. A well-designed air quality strategy has a serious impact and co-benefits on these domains.

After a global crisis in which the air we breathe played a maleficent role, we hold our breaths for what is to come. Addressing Covid-19 solutions as an isolated part of our global fight for a better climate would be a big mistake. When countries, buildings, or restaurants reopen we will need structural and sound measures, to make sure that when this happens again, we will not be unprepared. Ready to protect our friends, family, and employees. If the air is loaded with viral pathogens, polluted organisms, or mold particles. We have an opportunity to achieve mutual goals.

Jo Pannecoucke

When citizens, co-workers, and our friends live and breathe in polluted environments we: Deteriorate the personal health of the occupants, directly influencing their personal happiness; Strain the economic and personal resilience, slow down productivity and increase sick leave. Stressing health care systems, business models, and family life; Miss the opportunity to create social awareness for the habitant regarding IAQ, and lose momentum in demanding ambitious and just policy regulations.

Jo Pannecoucke
Founding Father TakeAir

Continuation of current policies in the key emitting sectors imply that a number of sustainability goals will likely not be met within the next two decades: emissions of air pollutants would cause 40% more premature deaths from outdoor air pollution than today, carbon emissions would rise globally by 0.4% per year. The cost of improving our indoor air is very modest against major societal gains. But we must avoid potential trade-offs at all costs. When investments and new policies have an adverse effect on the goals that we are trying to achieve we must dare to steer the other way. Solutions should present themselves with respect for the earth’s resources.

The road to long term solutions.

Used materials should be ecological and benefit a circular economy. (I.e., fi­brous filters that are not recyclable; lamp technologies that are not sustaina­ble; molecular altering technologies that create dangerous gasses.) Techno­logies must present themselves in the most energy-efficient way. Building on good sustainable practices. Clean energy infused with bio-economic principles is a mantra that we repeat over and over again. An equilibrium must be found that brings peace to our indoor and outdoor spaces.

In comparison to the costs needed for the decarbonization of the global economy, additional investments in air pollution control and access to clean fuels are extremely small when addressing the problem of our IAQ. While TakeAir can’t deliver perfection, it is here to deliver improvement for the air we breathe. We know the structures (buildings, malls, schools, etc.) that have shaped us for our entire lives. A new shape of life is forthcoming and TakeAir stands firm for the part of improved breathing.

Read the full document regarding our Sustainable Development Vision here.

Sustainable Development Strategy - TakeAirLabs

For more information regarding the SDS of TakeAir Contact:

Project & Policy Officer

Stijn Vanderschuren