Businesses unite to improve air quality

Shoreditch businesses are being offered support to save money and reduce air pollution as part of a Zero Emissions Network (ZEN).
The scheme, which will officially launch on 17 July, aims to tackle poor air quality which has been linked to more than 4,000 premature deaths in London each year.
Businesses can play their part in reducing pollution by trialling zero or low emission vehicles, reducing energy consumption and can benefit from free advice from ZEN consultants.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council
The Shoreditch ZEN is a small step in the right direction to help us to tackle air pollution which causes health difficulties for thousands of people throughout the UK. I hope that many more forward-thinking businesses will take advantage of the support and advice on offer which will not only help to improve air quality but also to reduce company overheads.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council

ZEN Shoreditch has recently been offered £300,000 over three years through the Mayor of London's Air Quality Fund, which will help to deliver support for participating businesses and expand the ZEN scheme.
The network will hold it's official launch event on Great Eastern Street with an exhibition of the latest electric vehicles from sponsors Renault, Peugeot and the chance to try out Cargo Bikes provided by London Green Cycles.
A keynote speech will be given by Simon Graham of Commercial Group, winners of Guardian's 2013 Sustainable Business Award for employee engagement as well as presentations from local leaders in sustainable business.
Entertainment at the launch event at Floripa, Shoreditch will also be provided by a pedal powered DJ set.