The government has published its much-delayed Clean Air Strategy, which includes commitments to cut emissions from wood stoves and the farming sector.
However, other than reaffirming their pledge to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, the 109-page document includes little in the way of detail regarding transport, as they say the UK is already going further than ‘almost every other’ European nation in tackling emissions from cars.
The government hope that the number of people living above the WHO guideline level of 10 μg/m3 will be reduced by 50% by 2025 due to the measures outlined in the strategy as well as saving the NHS £1.7bn a year by 2020, rising to £5.3bn a year from 2030.
Launching the strategy this morning (January 14), Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: ”While air pollution may conjure images of traffic jams and exhaust fumes, transport is only one part of the story and the new strategy sets out the important role all of us – across all sectors of work and society – can play in reducing emissions and cleaning up our air to protect our health.
‘We must take strong, urgent action. Our ambitious strategy includes new targets, new powers for local government and confirms that our forthcoming Environment Bill will include new primary legislation on air quality.’”