The Environmental Protection UK Air Quality Committee coordinates our work on air quality and emissions and related areas. It brings together local authorities, consultants, academics, industry and representatives of government bodies. Members are volunteers and either represent one of our ten divisions or are co-opted based on their experience and expertise. The Committee, which meets three times a year, acts as a forum for members to exchange information, debate issues and steer Environmental Protection UK’s policy.
Our aim, to promote integrated policies and practices that reduce the negative effects on health and the environment of air quality and climate change, is delivered through our Air Quality Committee.
Much of our current effort is focussed on the government’s plans for action, following our recent robust submission to the NO2 National Plans consultation, and to support the Clean Air Alliance, founded by Environmental Protection UK, which is a broad partnership of the different interests with the common aim of improving air quality and working towards healthier air. We have also released a statement on the alleged VW emissions scandal.
We are also monitoring the government’s review of the Local Air Quality Management system, which is under threat and has the potential for catastrophic damage to air quality and public health protection in the UK.
The Committee sets up working groups from time to time as required to focus in detail on a particular area of policy. Members with particular expertise may lead these groups. A recent working group reviewed the Air Quality and Development Control Guidance.
The Committee is chaired by Sarah Legge of SLH Environmental.