Transport: Exhaust Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st November 2018.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the annual targets of his Department are for reducing transport emissions in the next 15 years.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The UK has statutory targets for both air quality and greenhouse gas emissions across the whole economy. For greenhouse gases, statutory mechanisms set national targets every five years in the form of carbon budgets, as established by the Climate Change Act 2008.

For air quality, the Government consulted on a world leading Clean Air Strategy earlier this year, which includes 2020 and 2030 targets for five key air pollutants (nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, ammonia and volatile organic compounds). The Government intends to publish the final strategy by the end of this year. At a local level, the Government and Local Authorities are working to comply with our legal targets for roadside nitrogen dioxide through the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, supported by a £3.5 billion investment into air quality and cleaner transport.

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