Air Pollution

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce air pollution.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for International Development, The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State

Our Clean Air Strategy (CAS) sets out an ambitious programme of action to reduce air pollutant emissions from a wide range of sources. The World Health Organization has recognised the CAS as an example for the rest of the world to follow.

The Environment Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on 30 January, delivers a number of key elements of the strategy including making a clear commitment to set a legally binding target to reduce fine particulate matter. In addition, on 21 February, we published our response to the Government’s consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels which sets out our intent to phase out the sale of bituminous (house) coal and smaller quantities of wet wood.

We have also put in place a £3.5 billion plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.

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