UK’s Air Quality to be improved by DEFRA funding


The UK’s air quality is set to be improved by funding from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) with £2m worth of air quality grants available to 36 local authorities in England. The grants have been awarded to local authorities who have demonstrated innovative projects which seek to tackle air pollution in urban areas.

This latest DEFRA funding aims to; increase the use of Low Emission Zones (LEZs), such as the one which covers most of Greater London; help create guidance and tools for local authorities; and develop the way in which local authorities communicate air pollution messages to their communities.

The current funding builds on the previous work of the grant programme which has awarded over £50m across England in the past 15 years.

Resource Minister Lord de Mauley said: “Air quality has improved significantly in recent years; however, we need to keep striving to improve the air we breathe. This £2m grant will help local communities take matters into their own hands”.

REC’s Air Quality Consultants work closely with local authorities when undertaking assessments to satisfy their requirements whilst addressing our clients’ needs. This process, which includes detailed scoping of our dispersion assessment work, helps protect communities from high pollution levels and associated health effects.

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