Healthy Air, Healthy Planet: International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

In 2019, the UN decided to declare September 7 the “International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies”. With the Corona-related lockdown, images went around the world showing blue skies where visibility is otherwise severely restricted by polluted air. We have also published a number of articles on this topic, whereby not only the concrete effects on cities were examined, but also the effects on health were questioned. Read more here.

This year, the UN is putting the day under the motto “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” and thus combines two important aspects: Polluted air is a problem for health AND for the climate.

Some air pollutants, such as black carbon, methane and ground-level ozone, are also short-lived climate pollutants. On the one hand, they are responsible for a significant proportion of deaths caused by air pollution, as well as for the effects on plants and thus food security. On the other hand, about half of climate change is caused by short-lived climate pollutants. So that their reduction will have simultaneous benefits for the climate.

Here, too, silos must be torn down in thinking: It is not a question of taking care of air quality OR climate protection – often unfortunately only understood as CO2 reduction – but of tackling both together. This is not only a global challenge that can only be solved by local approaches but also offers great opportunities and synergy effects thanks to modern technologies.

Semi-Finalist in Sustainable Cities & Real-Estate of the TT Impact Awards

The “Sustainable Cities & Real Estate” category of the TTI Global Impact Awards looks at how to transition the entire sector into a sustainable paradigm to transform and construct sustainable buildings, cities, and communities by making construction, maintenance and transportation energy-efficient and environmentally enhancing.

Vote for Hawa Dawa here (voting is over)

Podcast: Air Quality Sensor Network in Ulm

Air quality, environmental protection and health are topics that are constantly gaining attention not only throughout Germany, but also in Ulm. With sensors, we lay the foundation for our own urban measurement series at the Eselsberg in the Zukunftskommune@bw project. The partner in the project is the technology provider “HawaDawa”, which was awarded “Digital Startup of the Year” by the Ministry of Economy and Energy in 2020. In this episode, project manager Kai Weinmüller, from the Ulm initiative group Sustainable Economic Development, together with Karim Tarraf, the managing director of HawaDawa, gives exciting insights into the project and previous findings.

Listen to the podcast here (in German)

Going hand-in-hand: Your health and the health of our planet

Today is “Earth Day”: Time to recall the ambitious goals we have for the reduction of greenhouse gases. It is good to see how prominently the topic of CO2 footprint is covered in the media and in public discussions. In addition, we need to be aware that Black Carbon and tropospheric Ozone, which are usually recognized as air pollutants, are also considered climate pollutants. They belong to the group of “Short-Lived-Climate Pollutants” (SLCPs). Why are they called “short-lived”? Because their atmospheric lifetime is a fraction of that of CO2.

This is both a threat and an opportunity: measures curbing SLCPs generate their impact within weeks, while Methane and CO2 abatement measures require decades, if not centuries. So, by focusing on mitigating air pollution we are tackling a perpetrator that is harming both our health AND our climate. In fact, according to the WHO and UNEP, climate change mitigation will only be possible when SLCPs and CO2 are addressed simultaneously.

#Beyond1000Solutions: Solar Impuls exceeded 1000 registered solutions

@Solar Impulse foundation has started a mission to select 1000 solutions that address environmental challenges while enabling economic growth. We are proud to announce that the foundation has reached its goal and Hawa Dawa is part of the portfolio along with #1000solutions.
We support the efforts of @Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse Foundation to accelerate the implementation of solutions that can bring profit to both the economy and environment.

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Dorothee Bär, German Minister of State for Digitalisation: Hawa Dawa provides and important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses

 

In an interview for RESPOND, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation,  said: “The fact that sustainability and digitization can work very well together is also demonstrated by your ‘Tech for Good’ projects. I’m thinking of the RESPOND startup Hawa Dawa from Munich, for example, which makes air quality visible. It provides an important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses to reduce air pollution….” In her intro, she referred to the federal government’s goal of taking sustainability and digitization into account in all strategies. According to Dorothee Bär, the German sustainability strategy is based on two principles:

  • use the numerous opportunities of digitization for sustainability
  • avoid risks to people and the environment

Watch the full interview here

 

BMW Foundation – Herbert Quandt publishes report “Protect, Empower, Transform: Tech Innovations Changing the World”

Download the report and learn more about how Hawa Dawa lines up with 11 other Tech for Good startups in establishing sustainable busines models and technologies. Hawa Dawa’s CFO and co-founder, Yvonne Rusche, underlines: “We urgently need insights into where and why air pollution is most hazardous in order to take mitigating action.”

HACK THE GAPS – Digital Solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Hawa Dawa Wins WSA-Germany Award and Qualifies for UN WSA Global Award

Hawa Dawa won the WSA-Germany Award together with eight other participants in the competition of 378 submitted solutions. Hawa Dawa is the winner in the “Smart Settlement & UrbaniZation” category.

Intelligent content combined with optimized use of state-of-the-art technology offers immense opportunities to close global and local divides and achieve UN SDGs. Hawa Dawa was nominated for the international UN WSA Prize as the best national digital solution for Germany in the category “Smart Settlement & UrbaniZation”. The WSA nominees are carefully selected by the WSA National Experts in more than 184 UN member states. A nomination for the global WSA Award is therefore in itself an award – the qualification to compete at international level and to withstand comparison with the other high-ranking nominees. Read more

Sustainability Goes beyond Green Tech


In her article in “Wirtschaft & Ethik” Dr.-Ing. Heba Aguib, Chief Executive RESPOND Accelerator, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, shares her thoughts on the compatibility of sustainabilty and economy. She refers to the seventeen sustainabilty objectives agreed on in  the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations: Read more