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How we make progress on clean air

We’re fighting for clean air across the UK. Over the last five year lots of progress has been made, but there is still a huge amount to do.

What’s happened so far?

National strategies have been published in Scotland, England and Wales (with a draft strategy out for consultation in Northern Ireland), targets have been set to end the sale of petrol and diesel and clean air zones and low emission zones are being set up in some polluted towns and cities.

Air pollution levels remain illegal and unsafe in many towns and cities across the UK. We also have seen little progress on protecting people’s health, especially those most at risk – pregnant women, children, older people, those with a lung condition and those living on the lowest incomes.

Our 5 point clean air plan

Across the four nations clean air policy looks slightly different, but we want all politicians to:

  1. Set out ambitious clean air laws that are underpinned by world-leading health targets to safeguard people’s health and deliver cleaner air as soon as possible.
     
  2. Publish public-health based air pollution plans that seek to address health inequalities and set out ways they are going to protect people from, as well as the funding to do this.
     
  3. Vastly improve public information on air pollution by establishing air pollution alerts, funding public health campaigns and training health professionals. To make sure those most vulnerable can protect themselves. 
     
  4. Set out funding and guidance for traffic reduction measures around care homes, schools and hospitals so. So that pollution reduction is targeted to the areas where at-risk groups are most likely to be.
     
  5. Commit to inclusive walking and cycling policies that enable everyone to be part of the solution to toxic air. This should include the funding and extension of safe cycling paths, the banning of pavement parking and financial support for e-bike purchases.