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 to four 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, especially the draft Clean Air Strategy, following our robust submission to the NO2 National Plans consultation and our submission to Joint Select Committee Inquiry on Air Pollution, 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 also founded the Healthy Air Campaign, and are partners in their ongoing work.

We supported the Clean Air Day on 21st June 2018. To raise awareness further, Environmental Protection UK has public information leaflets on:

·        Using Wood and Coal for Home Heating; 

·        Garden Bonfires; 

·        Fireworks.

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 Ltd, the Vice Chair is David Muir.

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