Published: 15th Jan 2019

More onus on tackling air pollution will be placed on local authorities, according to the government’s Clean Air Strategy which was published yesterday (January 14). It says the current framework regarding air pollution does not ‘effectively encourage’ local authorities to work collaboratively across departmental or structural boundaries and has not driven sufficient action at a local level, with the strategy proposing a ‘lead authority’ with requirements on neighbouring local authorities and other public bodies to work collectively to tackle air pollution. Five local authorities were ordered by government to explore the need for a Clean Air Zone (CAZs) to meet legal limits for the emission of nitrogen dioxide, an air pollutant that is largely produced by road traffic sources. However, the Clean Air Strategy didn’t expand on previous announcements around CAZs, which was criticised today by campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) who called for the introduction of a national network of CAZs, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)