Published: 3rd Oct 2019

36 out of 43 local authority areas still have illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ClientEarth analysis of UK government data has revealed. Under EU laws, the government must submit updated information on where they are failing to meet legal limits, and the latest data shows that progress towards compliance has been slow, with only Birkenhead Urban Area meeting legal levels compared to 2017. In 2018, Greater London was over two times the EU’s annual limit of 40µg/m3. Other cities that are due to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) over the next two years are also breaching EU limits, including Birmingham (1.5 times over), Leeds (1.3 times over) and Bristol (1.2 times over). ClientEarth criticised the government’s approach to tackling air pollution, saying it has ‘passed the buck’ to local authorities and has left them to do ‘the heavy lifting’ on cutting transport emissions. They again called for the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)