Air Pollution: Pollution Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th May 2022.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has analysis to show by how much particulate matter emissions need to be reduced in order to reduce premature deaths caused by air pollution in the UK by half.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No specific analysis has been undertaken. However, the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has assessed the long-term exposure to man-made air pollution in the United Kingdom, based on studies reporting associations of mortality risk with fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. It was estimated that for a one microgram per cubic metre reduction in nitrogen dioxide, approximately 420,000 to 903,000 life years could be saved in the UK over the next 106 years, associated with an increase in life expectancy at birth of two to five days.

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