TAL and its partners will release statements on a variety of relevant and current events. These reflect the opinion and vision of TAL and hopes to contribute to a wider discussion. These statements go beyond the operations of the TakeAir group and intend in informing a broader public and like-minded people.
All statements released of TAL reflects its own independent vision and can not be used for media purposes without the explicit consent of TakeAir.
TAL statement 10 February 2021
Opportunities in times of crisis, linking Covid-19 solutions to our SDGs
A year where the world became aware of the most ordinary and common element on earth, also the most challenging: the air we breathe. Some people may not suspect it, our sustainable development goals and 2030 Climate Target Plan share a strong link with our indoor air quality. Today a global health crisis has urged us to go into overdrive. As we are trying to create healthy (virus-free) indoor environments, we must acknowledge the mentality shift that will shape future goals. The call for ambitious policy and better indoor air quality is gaining momentum, our sustainable goals and the IAQ are more than ever interlinked. The world is forced to act now, TAL is giving its long-term commitment towards biobased sustainable solutions and standards. It’s the vision of safe ecological limits and promoting good practices that make the bioeconomy the preffered partner. TAL interlinks the land and marine ecosystems and the services they provide. Biological air treatments for indoor spaces with a common vision of a sustainable future
"As we take action now in combatting a global pandemic, we have the momentum and opportunity in contributing to our 2030 climate plans and global SDGs"
Air pollution has been linked with severe outbreaks of SARS and SARS-COV19 in cities throughout China, Italy and the United States. The accessory in these outbreaks is among us, in the rooms and buildings we live and work. CO2 and PM2.5 levels are known of effecting a wide range of health issues and are in strong correlation with the quality of our indoor air. If we address these variables and physically remove airborne particles, we have a condition that is favourable. If we want an enhanced and healthy environment enabling good health and well-being, we need the help of our natural microbiomes. The microbiome is a rising star in the bioeconomy.
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TAL statement 9 December 2020
Healthier offices and schools for healthier economies.
Looking back a few years in time we could say we were just not ready. From Energy Performances certificates to Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), We saw some ambitious policy on an EU level. Today we know it is not enough. These programs nevertheless paved the way for innovation and progress that benefited the European citizen and its economy. In this statement, we argue that the time is now to revive the discussion about IEQ, starting with our most crucial aspect, the air we breathe.
As several national governments (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands) due to health concerns are open to investing in public and private buildings, and better ventilation practices concerning air quality. And companies are trying to figure out how to get people back inside after a prolonged stay at home. We fully support new policy and regulations on a member state level. As the focus for many will shift on what a healthy IEQ must be. We must not miss the same boat as we did in 2018. As the worst students in the class may not feel the need to implement new regulations, the impact on the daily lives of EU citizen is evident with more than 417.000 premature deaths in 2017 according to the EEA.
Support from the EU towards public and private building owners investing in IEQ could create a robust basis for future policies. Schools and offices make the perfect test case, as we spend an enormous time of our lives inside these buildings, we argue that the return on investment has significant potential. Recent news marked an improvement in Europe’s air quality over the past decades. We must continue this path and demand the same for our indoor habitats.
As IAQ certificates would not solve the whole IEQ issue, we believe that creating awareness can become a driving force for the renovation sector in its totality. Not only creating benefits for the EU citizen in terms of job employment, health, economic growth and much-needed stress relieve for social healthcare systems. But also, for corporate Europe in creating offices where economic interests and health go hand in hand.
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TAL statement 26 November 2020
The next step after traditional filtration techniques: Bioremediation of our indoor air quality
The importance of our Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) will be a trending topic for the years to come. The recent crisis showed us how vulnerable we are inside our offices and buildings. TAL welcomes the broader discussion where we distance ourselves from conventional and traditional thinking and look for ambitious solutions today.
When policymakers, companies or governments talk about physically combatting Sars-Cov2 the focal point commits towards traditional technologies such as ionization, HEPA filters and UV light solutions. The third route of infection for all pathogens is indeed the air we breathe, but it is also the most difficult to manage. As this discussion has a strong core of relevance, we emphasize that a broader discussion could benefit the issue of what healthy IAQ is. Cleaning, disinfecting or sterilizing are considered today as the only logical action to make. It is the opinion of TAL that this is only the first. As with the treatment of soil and water removing impurities and pollutants, a sterile condition is nor possible or favourable. Many of the traditional technologies today promise just that.
By trying to create what is a theoretical approach of a sterile environment, we give room to dominant pathogens to grow and become the dominant species (competitive exclusion). As traditional filtration systems have their downsides and sometimes even adverse health effects, a mitigating action is essential in creating a balanced indoor air environment, where healthy bacteria and archaea thrive. Bioremediation of the IAQ poses as the logical addition to an already effective ventilation system. To make the general public aware of clean and bio-remediated air, we bring back the trust to go back inside and live, work and breath in healthy habitat optimized for human consumption.
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