Environmental Audit Committee – Action on Air Quality Report

The EAC’s recently-published air quality enquiry report Action on Air Quality provides policy recommendations aimed at helping to tackle the UK’s air pollution ‘public health crisis’ by both reducing emissions and human exposure to emissions, as well as raising public awareness of the issues. The report has been broadly welcomed by air quality campaigners, policy makers and experts – see here for a range of views on the report.

Key recommendations include:

– Introducing a national framework for low emission zones to help local authorities reduce air pollution.

– Adjusting planning guidance to protect air quality in local planning and development.

– Closing legal loopholes to end the practice of removing filter systems from existing vehicles.

– Institute a national public awareness campaign to increase understanding and encourage measures to reduce air pollution.

The full report can be viewed here.

European Court of Justice due to rule on UK air pollution case

This Wednesday (19th November 2014), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver its judgment in ClientEarth’s case against the UK Government over its failure to tackle air pollution.

ClientEarth, a member of the Healthy Air Campaign, took the UK Government to court for illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Last year, the UK Superme Court ruled that the Government was breaking the law by failing to ensure that legal limits of this pollutant were met.

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UPDATE –  EU Court of Justice rules in favour of Client Earth: see here for more details.