MPs urge Government to act on air pollution
Environmental Protection UK welcomes the recommendations made by the Joint Select Committees on Air Quality. Their report says the Government cannot continue to put public health at risk, but must bring about a step change in how the problem of air quality is tackled. It highlights the public health crisis caused by poor air, and has made recommendations on the further action required.
The inquiry received evidence from expert groups and individuals, including Environmental Protection UK. Although not always specifically acknowledged the report does reflect many of the concerns raised by Environmental Protection UK.
We strongly support the Committee’s call for action, which Environmental Protection UK has raised before on numerous occasions, including the need to protect of public health and the environment, properly support and fund local authorities, increase the ambition on air quality measures, and to address air pollution as part of wider government work. We also support other recommendations addressing governance and implementation, both within Government and wider post-Brexit.
The Government are currently working on a new National Air Quality Strategy, and have committed to additional action, in light of the High Court’s recent judgement which declared the Government’s NO2 National Plan “unlawful”. We urge the government to be ambitious, and to accept and include the Select Committees’ recommendations to help deliver a substantial improvement in air pollution, and therefore public health.