09:00 - 16:00 Tuesday 21 February 2017

The Hatton- etc Venues, London


Overview Agenda

This Forum provides insights into the latest policy updates on reducing UK air pollution. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from policymakers and early adopters of Clean Air Zones on the process of planning for implementation and preliminary findings. In addition participants will learn from those at the forefront of innovative initiatives to tackle this issue, both through undertaking successful behaviour change campaigns and the use of cutting edge technology. 

Audience

This forum is designed for Local Authorities including Directors of Public Health, Planners, Environmental Monitoring Officers, Air Quality Managers, Heads of Innovation and Research and Sustainability Leads. In addition this forum is open to the Health, Voluntary and Private Sectors to foster debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:

Sotiris Vardoulakis, Group Leader, Air Pollution & Climate Change, Public Health England
Elliot Treharne, Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority
Matthew O’Neill, Lead Air Quality Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester
Chris Large, Senior Partner, Client Earth
*Click here to see other speakers and detailed programme*

Policy Background

Every year heavily polluted air contributes to 9,500 deaths within London alone, a 2015 report commissioned by the Greater London Authority has discovered. The UK has a duty to protect public health through ensuring all cities are compliant with World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality standards. It is clear government, local authorities and the private sector all have a significant role to play if this is to be achieved.

In December 2015 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) laid out plans to tackle air pollution, publishing Improving Air Quality in the UK Tackling Nitrogen Dioxide in our Towns and Cities. This extensive strategy for reducing air pollution prioritises commitments to Clean Air Zones (CAZ) and investment in clean transport technologies, demonstrating the governments’ recognition of the need to tackle this issue. In addition the 2016 Autumn statement announced £390 million for low emission vehicles, connected autonomous vehicles and electric vehicle charging points. This funding is in addition to £60 million previously dedicated to an Access Fund assisting local authorities with achieving sustainable transport.

The scale of the public health crisis has led the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee to recommend significant further measures within its Air Quality Report 2016. These include stressing the need for greater local control of implementation in addition to expanding plans to reduce all pollutants not solely nitrogen dioxide. London’s new Mayor has prioritised tackling air pollution with the Clean Air Consultation announced in July 2016. The role of central and local government and the voluntary and private sectors is crucial in seeking to reduce this severe public health crisis and many within these sectors are implementing innovative schemes to reduce air pollution, but only through working in partnership between local and UK wide level can the necessary reductions be achieved.

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