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UK Government Air Quality Plan

UK Government Air Quality Plan

05 May 2017

Defra has published a new air quality plan for consultation.

The options now open for  consultation on reducing nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities are designed to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles, and accelerate the move to cleaner transport.

Local authorities are already responsible for improving air quality in their area, but will now be expected to develop new and creative solutions to reduce emissions as quickly as possible, while avoiding undue impact on the motorist.

The government is consulting on a range of measures that could be taken to mitigate the impact of action to improve air quality.

In line with the timetable directed by the Courts the government is seeking views on these proposals in advance of preparing its final plan for publication by 31 July. All final decisions will be taken by the incoming government.

The draft revised AQ plan identifies that it's not just transportation that is contributing to poorer air quality and that domestic wood burning is a significant source of particulate matter (PM) emissions and combined with coal account for 39% of primary emisisons of PM2.5 in the UK. The plan identifies actions underway to reduce emissions from stoves and open fires including working with stove and fuel suppliers to increase consumer awareness of installing modern appliances and the benefits of using cleaner fuels.

The consultation will run until 15 June.