On Wednesday, 10th of July, EuroCham is hosting a Breakfast Talk on tackling air pollution in Myanmar at Novotel Yangon Max, with a special focus on energy efficiency.
Every year, air pollution is responsible for 7 million premature deaths worldwide, including 22,000 people in Myanmar, according to World Health Organization. For this reason, the United Nations chose air pollution (#BeatAirPollution) as the theme of this year’s World Environment Day.
Celebrated every year on June 5, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ biggest annual event for positive environmental action to encourage worldwide awareness of the need to protect our planet. The theme of 2019 called on governments, industry, communities and individuals to take action to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve the air quality in cities and regions across the world.
In the context of this day, EuroCham had a special space dedicated to air pollution during the Myanmar-EU Economic Forum held in Nay Pyi Taw on June 5. A video was broadcasted to over 500 attendees, who also had the opportunity to stop by a booth where they could get information about World Environment Day and air pollution in Myanmar and take part in the “mask challenge”.
Given the positive reception of the theme of air pollution, EuroCham Myanmar decided to organize a Breakfast Talk in Yangon to bring together experts and companies operating in Myanmar to further discuss the issue; outlining the causes and exploring solutions that are being adopted to mitigate climate change.
There will also be a photo exhibition on air pollution supported by the European Union and a booth where attendees will be able to see innovative air quality measurement devices built by Connect University students.