Representatives from the Local Government Association, London Councils and Bath & North East Somerset Council (on behalf of UK100) will be appearing before the Environmental Audit Committee this week as MPs continue evidence gathering on Outdoor and indoor air quality targets.
The focus of the session will be on clean air measures being brought in by local authorities, and the measures the UK Government expects local authorities in England to deliver under the Air Quality Strategy for England revised in April 2023. Measures which local authorities are taking to address air pollution from transport, industrial emissions and solid fuel burning are all likely to be discussed, including urban clean air zones and low emission zones.
This evidence session follows two previous hearings on this issue. In the evidence session on 14 June the Committee examined the health impacts of poor air quality, and whether local authorities have enough powers to make significant improvements. In the evidence session on 5 July the Committee heard from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Chris Whitty on his annual report which focused on air pollution, before hearing from further experts on indoor air quality.
- Councillor Deirdre Costigan, Acting Chair, Transport and Environment Committee, London Councils
- Councillor Darren Rodwell, Chair, Local Infrastructure and Net Zero Board, Local Government Association
- Councillor Sarah Warren, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Sustainable Travel, Bath & North East Somerset Council
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