Air Pollution: Standards

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will include objectives and targets for the (a) reduction of nitrogen deposition and (b) restoration of protected wildlife sites in its forthcoming clean air strategy.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Our Clean Air Strategy will set out measures and actions to achieve ambitious targets to reduce emissions of damaging pollutants to air, including emissions of ammonia (NH3) and nitrogen oxides (NOX), which contribute to nitrogen deposition.

Action is already being taken at a local and regional level to raise awareness of nitrogen deposition effects on natural habitats to identify appropriate emission reduction and mitigation measures. For example, Natural England is piloting a Shared Nitrogen Action Plan project in several areas across England.

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