In September 2019, SUEZ announced it was creating an Air Division to provide concrete and innovative solutions to the environmental challenge of air quality. open_resource takes a close look at this key challenge with Jérôme Arnaudis, Director of SUEZ Air Division.
How are the challenges of air quality regarded in France today?
We are beginning to fully grasp what is at stake when it comes to air pollution. Article 2 of the French law on air quality and the rational use of energy states that local authorities must provide every citizen with air that is not harmful to their health.
In the wake of this new political awareness, citizens are becoming increasingly aware of what is at stake. We have come a long way and air quality is continuously improving. However, we must continue our efforts because changing people’s behaviour is a process that can take several years. These efforts are vital because air pollution is a global phenomenon that knows no boundaries. It also represents a significant cost. A French Senate report published in 2015 shows that the total financial impact of air pollution in France is approximately 100 billion euros a year, of which 68 to 97 billion euros concern its impact on health. So, we must step up our collective action and our innovation strategy.