Camfil UK, the world leader in providing air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has won an award for education people and politicians about poor indoor air quality .
Caption: From left to right: Lars Ekberg, Jury Chairman, Jan Anderson, Marketing Manager Camfil Sweden and member of the Swedish Parliament Jan Lindholm (MP/Green Party), who handed out the award.
Camfil’s Road Show Trailer has won the prominent Swedish award called “Stora Inneklimatpriset”*. Camfil’s Swedish subsidiary, Camfil Svenska AB, is the recipient of the prize, which is given to Swedish companies or organizations that have developed a valuable commercial product or service in the indoor climate/IAQ field, energy technology and HVAC industry. Camfil was one of five nominees for the award.
Camfil’s Road Show Trailer is a mobile indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory and exhibition to promote awareness about the importance of good IAQ and the dangers of air pollution for human health. Since it was launched in 2011, the trailer has toured in 15 countries in Northern, Central and Southern Europe.
The prize jury issued the following statement to motivate why Camfil won the award:
In 2000, Camfil acquired Farr, Inc. in the United States. Following this acquisition the official name of the company was also changed to Camfil Farr.
This year, Camfil will be celebrating 50 years in the clean air solutions business and the Camfil name is now well known in the U.S. Since the acquisition of Farr we have also expanded our operations in other parts of the world, mainly in Asia.
In conjunction with this 50th anniversary, we have therefore decided to return to our roots and change our official name back to Camfil.
From now on, the logotype will only display Camfil. With the exception of the name and the logo changes, it will be “business as usual” for Camfil.
Our mission remains steadfast: to manufacture, market and promote the best products within clean air solutions. Continue reading
The beginning of 2013 marks the start of the European Year of Air. At a high-level conference on the future of EU air policies in Europe ‘Blowing the Winds of Change into European Air Policy’, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) today called for tightening up EU air policies to protect human health and the environment.
A new Eurobarometer poll released today shows that air pollution is a key concern for EU citizens – 72% say that public authorities are not doing enough to promote good air quality and 87% think respiratory diseases are a serious problem. Poor air quality causes nearly half a million premature deaths in Europe each year  and is associated with high economic costs; hospital admissions, lost working days and damage to ecosystems.
Current EU standards  for ambient air quality are weaker than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) which are intended to minimize the health effects of air pollutants. For fine particles (PM2.5), which is one of the pollutants with the highest impact on people’s health, the maximum concentration allowed is 25 µg/m3, currently 2,5 times weaker than what the WHO recommends for this pollutant, and will only enter into force in 2015. In comparison, the US Environmental Protection Agency is this year proposing an annual limit of 12 µg/m3 for PM2.5 which is much more ambitious than the EU standards. Weak as they are, the EU standards, some of which were agreed more than 10 years ago, are still breached by most EU Member States.
Jeremy Wates, EEB Secretary General, said:
Air pollution emanates from sources all around us, be they cars, industrial plants, shipping, agriculture or waste. The EU must propose ambitious legislation to address all of these sources if it is to tackle the grave public health consequences of air pollution.