The World Health Organisation (www.who.int) have released estimates that in 2012 alone around seven million people died as a result of exposure to air pollution, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. This new data reveals a stronger link between air pollution and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer.
Nearly six million of these deaths had been in South East Asia and the WHO estimates 2.6 million of these deaths were caused by outdoor air pollution. Excessive air pollution is often a by-product of unsustainable policies in sectors such as construction, transport, energy, waste management and industry.
CRUPE AIMs to help reduce air pollution by increasing the efficiency of residential and commercial buildings around the world, in terms of both energy usage and materials. It is estimated that up to one third of all man-made greenhouse gases produced today are related to the heating and cooling of buildings around the world and in many countries a significant amount of building materials including bricks and steel are simply wasted on construction sites through poor workmanship and construction practices. CRUPE feels obligated to help create awareness of a growing problem and we have already installed digital sensors in a number of our new and renovated buildings to measure humidity, temperatures and thermal energy efficiency.
Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents non-communicable diseases as well as reduces the risks of disease and saves the lives of millions. In most cases healthier strategies will also be more economical in the the long term due to savings in health care costs as well as climate gains. CRUPE is working with Governments, NGOs and the private sector around the world to increase efficiency in construction and reduce air pollution.