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DEFRA introduces Clean Air Strategy

DEFRA introduces Clean Air Strategy

DEFRA introduces Clean Air Strategy

Clean Air Strategy

On Tuesday 22nd May the government officially launched its Clean Air Strategy - a plan to meet the 2020 and 2030 emissions ceilings for key pollutants as laid out in the National Emissions ceilings Directive (NECD) This directive covers five key pollutants; sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOC), particulates, and ammonia. 

As part of its commitments under the Clean Air Strategy, The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has promised that new legislation will ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels are available to purchase, and that it intends to cut down on harmful wood-burning stoves. 

In addition, the agricultural industry will also need to reduce the harm caused to the environment by ammonia particulates. Farmers will be supported in doing this through a new system of ‘public money for public good’ as proposed by DEFRA. 

The new strategy will also look to cut down the amount of toxic non-exhaust emissions of micro-plastics from tyre and break-wear. These particulates can pollute air and water, adding to a harmful environment. 

To further help the public understand the work it is doing to improve UK air quality, the government will also introduce a new personal air quality messaging system to inform members of the public about the air quality forecast in their area. 

With the Clean Air Strategy, the government plans to cut the cost of air pollution to society by £1 billion a year by 2020, increasing to £2.5 billion a year by 2030.

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