Air quality

Mayor Khan launches consultation on ULEZ expansion

23/05/2022

A consultation on plans to expand the ULEZ to cover most of London has been launched as part of the effort to improve air quality and reduce congestion.

Newcastle and Gateshead clean air zone postponed

13/05/2022

Plans to introduce a clean air zone (CAZ) in Newcastle and Gateshead are to be postponed to allow more time for people and businesses to get ready.

Nearly all UK addresses breach air pollution limits

29/04/2022

Around 97% of all UK addresses breach at least one World Health Organisation (WHO) limit for toxic pollutants, shocking new report reveals.

City council invites businesses to test-drive electric vans

29/04/2022

Nottingham City Council is inviting businesses to test-drive a new electric van before taking a fully-funded one-month trial.

Newcastle had highest NO2 levels across Europe last month

19/04/2022

Newcastle upon Tyne had the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide levels last month out of all major cities across Europe, according to a new study.

Sheffield CAZ delayed until 2023

01/04/2022

Sheffield City Council has announced that the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be delayed until 2023.

Air quality consultations launched

29/03/2022

The Government has launched two consultations on proposals to make it easier for local authorities to tackle poor air quality in their areas.

Clean air zones creating North/South electric vehicle divide

21/03/2022

The roll-out of clean air zones by councils is creating a dramatic North/South divide when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) take-up, new figures suggest.

Red diesel ban ‘tangible threat’ to waste strategy

18/03/2022

The Chancellor has been warned that the red diesel ban is ‘counter intuitive’ and presents ‘a tangible threat’ to the Government’s waste strategy.

What are the key considerations when rolling out a successful Clean Air Zone scheme?

18/03/2022

Chris Taylor shares five key considerations for local authorities when rolling out a successful Clean Air Zone scheme – no matter where they are on their journey.

Government proposes new targets to protect environment

17/03/2022

New legal targets on air quality, nutrient pollution and water quality have been proposed by the Government as part of its Environment Act.

Cap parking provision at one space per property, charity says

14/03/2022

A charity has called for car parking provision at new housing developments to be capped at a maximum of one space per property.

Councils need more ‘funding and powers’ to tackle climate change

10/03/2022

Progress needs to be accelerated in every local area if the UK’s climate and nature targets are to be met, climate campaigners say.

Local authorities awarded £11.6m to improve air quality

10/03/2022

The latest round of Air Quality Grants have been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects to improve air quality.

Khan hopes to expand Ultra Low Emission Zone across whole of London

07/03/2022

The Ultra Low Emission Zone could be expanded across all London boroughs by 2023 under plans announced over the weekend.

Mayor Khan requests consultation on ULEZ expansion

04/03/2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today announce in a keynote speech in Forest Hill that he is asking Transport for London (TfL) to consult on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide in 2023.

Toxic air causes over 1,700 asthma hospitalisations in London

02/03/2022

There were over 1,700 hospital admissions for asthma and serious lung conditions in the capital over two years due to toxic air, new analysis has revealed.

Zero Emission Zone to be extended across Oxford city centre

21/02/2022

Plans to extend the Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) from the current pilot area to cover the entire city centre in Oxford have been unveiled.

The role of ‘citizen science’ in air monitoring

21/02/2022

LocalGov caught up with Claudio Parrinello, CEO and founder of PlanetWatch, to find how air quality monitoring is being disrupted on a global scale by leveraging advanced technologies and the power of communities.

Newcastle and Gateshead councils call for £23m to support CAZ roll-out

17/02/2022

Councillors in the North East are calling for urgent action to enable a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) support scheme for taxi drivers and small businesses to go ahead.

Bristol confirms September launch of charging CAZ

16/02/2022

Bristol's City Council has confirmed plans to launch its Clean Air Zone in September this year when motorists could be charged for entering the city centre.

Every London hospital and care home surrounded by toxic air, research finds

04/02/2022

Every hospital and care home in London is in areas which exceed limits for toxic air pollution, new research has uncovered.

Scotland back to dangerous levels of air pollution, data shows

01/02/2022

Air pollution in Scotland has once again breached legal limits following a historic low during lockdown, campaigners have revealed.

Oxford to trial Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone

31/01/2022

Oxford City Council is set to trial Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) as part of the local authority’s effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Brent Council to remove low traffic neighbourhood schemes

24/01/2022

Councillors in Brent have voted to remove four low traffic neighbourhood schemes after significant opposition from residents.

Cyclist Chris Boardman appointed active travel commissioner

24/01/2022

Cyclist Chris Boardman is to become national commissioner of the Government’s new cycling and walking body, Active Travel England (ATE), which launches today.

Manchester backtracks on CAZ plans

21/01/2022

Plans to charge polluting vehicles to drive in the Greater Manchester area have been referred back to government by local leaders following a wave of protests.

Greater Manchester leaders told to consider clean air zone pause

14/01/2022

Greater Manchester leaders will be asked to request permission to put the second phase of Clean Air Zone (CAZ) funding on hold due to cleaner vehicle concerns.

Thousands of new air filters to be installed in schools

04/01/2022

An extra 7,000 air purifiers will be installed across schools to protect face-to-face education and minimise disruption.

Bradford council delays launch of clean air zone

24/12/2021

Bradford City Council has said that the launch of its clean air zone (CAZ) has been delayed until spring 2022.

City council considers bringing in parking levy

21/12/2021

Leicester City Council has launched a consultation over a scheme that could see companies charged for car parking spaces.

Government criticised for plug-in grant cut

16/12/2021

The Government is facing criticism for its decision to cut the plug-in car and van grant by up to £1,000 and change the eligibility criteria.

Commuter train line exposed to ‘extreme levels’ of pollution

22/11/2021

Three councils have warned that residents living near the commuter train line running through the Chilterns are being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution.

UN acknowledges children have right to clean air

17/11/2021

The United Nations (UN) has acknowledged that children have the right to breath clean air, a move which should help councils in their efforts to tackle pollution at the local level.

London’s ULEZ resulted in ‘only small improvements in air quality’

17/11/2021

London’s ULEZ has had little impact on air quality and is only effective as part of a wider approach to reducing carbon emissions, researchers say.

Support for air quality enforcement

05/11/2021

Bruce Allen says councils need more knowledge and support to enforce the ban on selling and using wet wood and house coal for burning at home.

250,000 babies born in toxic air hotspots, charities warn

28/10/2021

A baby is born in an area with dangerously polluted air every two minutes in the UK, new research has revealed.

A lot of hot air from government on air quality?

20/10/2021

Mark Nichols explains how live data on air quality can help councils identify areas of concern and what actions will be the most effective.

Council set to approve Clean Air Zone despite reservations

29/09/2021

Portsmouth City Council is set to discuss the start date of its Government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ) despite its preference for other options to improve air quality.

Call to give councils the power to fight non-traffic air pollution

15/09/2021

Councils should be given tough new powers to tackle non-transport related pollution, according to a debate in the House of Lords this week.

UK’s first Zero Emission Zone to launch next year

10/09/2021

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot will take place in Oxford next February, it has been confirmed.

Encouraging biodiversity in UK cities: Bee Bus Stops and more

07/09/2021

Will Ramage discusses how councils can use urban infrastructure to positively contribute towards biodiversity and climate resilience.

Khan warns of link between air pollution and COVID

07/09/2021

New research has found a link between a person’s exposure to air pollution and the severity with which they will experience the effects of COVID-19.

Study links air pollution to use of mental health services

27/08/2021

Those exposed to high levels of air pollution are more likely to use mental health services, a new study has revealed.

Schools to receive £25m for CO2 monitors

23/08/2021

All state-funded schools are to receive carbon dioxide monitors from September to help tackle COVID-19, the Government has announced.

Hackney Council closes street to polluting through-traffic

11/08/2021

A funding bid by Hackney Council to close Stoke Newington Church Street to polluting through-traffic during the daytime has been approved.

Camden council launches world’s densest air quality sensor network

05/08/2021

The world’s densest air quality sensor network, which aims to fundamentally transform how air pollution is monitored and managed, will be installed in the London borough of Camden this summer.

Helping councils create greener construction sites

23/06/2021

Dave Luscombe explains how local authorities can help to deliver a cleaner construction environment, with ECV (Emissions Compliance Verification) for construction machinery.

Burnham's Clean Air zone accused of having 'blind' spot towards air pollution

22/06/2021

Greater Manchester (GM) mayor Andy Burnham has ‘put local taxi drivers first’ by adding them to a list of vehicle operators who will initially be exempt from the region’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), despite claims that it will ‘kick-start the city region's green revolution’.

Government to set new targets on air pollution

18/06/2021

The Government will increase funding to local authorities and set new legal targets on air pollution in a bid to prevent further deaths.

Local authorities competing for clean air

17/06/2021

Gavin Bailey argues the current Clean Air Zone mechanism is asking local authorities to fix a problem they simply cannot fix.

Millions of children attend schools with toxic air, campaigners warn

17/06/2021

Millions of children go to schools where air pollution is above World Health Organization (WHO) limits, new data reveals.

Charges for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone delayed for two weeks

02/06/2021

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) finally went live on Monday, but with a two-week ‘soft launch period’ where no charges will be levied.

Children call on local leaders to tackle air pollution

01/06/2021

Nearly half of British children believe local leaders should be helping to tackle air pollution, according to the results of a new survey.

Highways England steps in to improve toxic air in Dorset village

12/05/2021

Highways England is to impose a permanent 30mph speed limit in a village suffering high air pollution after a trial achieved an improvement.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities

06/05/2021

New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

More children worried about pollution near schools

19/04/2021

Nearly half of children in the UK are worried about air pollution near their school - up from 39% in 2018 - a new survey has revealed.

Clean air zones save lives and boost local economies

15/04/2021

Clean air zones (CAZs) will save lives and inject millions into local economies, an analysis of eight major cities in the UK has revealed.

County council approves Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone pilot

17/03/2021

Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet for launch in August.

Bath's Clean Air Zone goes live

15/03/2021

The UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London has been launched in Bath today.

Councils share £5m in Air Quality Grants

10/03/2021

A further £5m has been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects that tackle air pollution.

Nearly 50,000 school children exposed to illegal levels of air pollution, campaigners warn

09/03/2021

Thousands of children are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution because their schools are located close to major roads, campaigners have warned.

Schools Streets cutting air pollution, study reveals

09/03/2021

Closing roads around schools at pick-up and drop-off times has reduced air pollution by 23% in London, a new study published by mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed.

UK has broken air pollution law for a decade, top court warns

05/03/2021

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken legal limits on dangerous air pollution since 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Pandemic could lead to rise in road traffic levels, data warns

04/03/2021

Traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

MPs call for tougher targets to lower air pollution

11/02/2021

MPs have urged the Government to set tougher targets to lower air pollution in and give councils extra funding to improve local air quality.

Fossil fuel air pollution causes one in five deaths every year, research shows

09/02/2021

Fossil fuel pollution is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide - much higher than previously thought - according to new research.

Over half a million face clean air zone charges this year

08/02/2021

Half a million drivers in London and Birmingham could be 'priced off the road' under Clean Air Zone charges this year, according to motoring group The AA.

Oxford first council to approve city-wide air pollution target

21/01/2021

Oxford City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to approve a city-wide air pollution reduction target.

Air pollution contributed to Ella's death, coroner rules

17/12/2020

A landmark judgement has determined that exposure to excessive air pollution, mainly from traffic emissions, contributed to the death of a nine-year-old girl from South London.

Councils warned to push ahead with clean air zones

10/12/2020

Air pollution exceeds pre-pandemic levels in 80% of places despite continued lockdown restrictions, new research has uncovered today.

Birmingham to launch Clean Air Zone in June 2021

09/10/2020

Birmingham City Council has confirmed the government-mandated Clean Air Zone is now scheduled to launch on 1 June 2021.

Air pollution round schools is impacting learning, research finds

08/10/2020

Reducing air pollution levels by 20% could improve a child’s ability to learn within one month, new research has found.

Call for evidence on appointing Air Quality Partners

06/10/2020

The Government has launched a call for evidence on which public bodies should help local authorities to tackle air pollution.

'Dramatic' fall in London's air pollution since 2016, data shows

05/10/2020

Despite dramatic improvements in London's air quality since 2016, air pollution is still a major public health challenge, new data has revealed.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Government announces £2m clean air fund

02/09/2020

The Government has announced the latest round of funding for local projects to improve air quality across England.

Council chiefs urge courier services to swap vans for cargo bikes

27/08/2020

Delivery companies should switch to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, council leaders say.

Leeds could scrap CAZ as pandemic cuts traffic and pollution

20/08/2020

Leeds City Council could scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if levels of toxic air pollution remain within legal limits.

Link between polluted air and COVID-19 deaths revealed

18/08/2020

People were more likely to die from COVID-19 in highly polluted areas in England at the start of the pandemic, new research has found.

The ‘Great Reset’: Reshaping transport for a greener future

17/08/2020

Sandra Witzel explores how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can help local transport authorities encourage active travel.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) climate change-themed Design in the Public Sector programme.

'Breathable billboard' unveiled as part of air quality campaign

31/07/2020

A 'breathable billboard' has been launched to help encourage local authorities to tackle air pollution as part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy.

More than a thousand sites are breaching air pollution limits

30/07/2020

More than a thousand locations across England are breaching legal air pollution limits, research has found.

MPs launch inquiry into use of electric scooters

22/04/2020

An inquiry looking at the safety and legal implications of e-scooters has been launched by the Transport Committee.

Coronavirus lockdown has improved air quality, scientists find

01/04/2020

Air pollution across the UK’s largest cities has fallen since the start of the lockdown, new analysis has shown.

Pandemic forces Birmingham to delay launch of Clean Air Zone

25/03/2020

Birmingham City Council has written to the Government requesting postponement to the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to help protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils granted over £2m to improve air quality

18/03/2020

Local authorities across England have been granted more than £2.2m in Government funding to deliver innovative projects to improve air quality.

London council launches ‘Electric Avenue, W9’

17/03/2020

Westminster CC has joined Siemens in order to deliver the UK’s first avenue that has been fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle charging points.

Leeds council confirms CAZ launch date

11/03/2020

A date has been confirmed for the launch of Leeds’ Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ), which aims at tackling air pollution and protecting the health of residents in the city.

Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

09/03/2020

Council leaders have warned the number of extra cars being driven on the roads would cover the entire length of Britain’s coastline if lined up next to each other.

Air pollution stopping children reaching sporting potential, report warns

11/02/2020

More than a quarter of children’s sports grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a new report has found.

Over 50,000 trees to be planted in urban areas

10/02/2020

More than 50,000 trees are to be planted in urban communities following the allocation of the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

A quarter of population exposed to toxic air, charity warns

04/02/2020

A quarter of people in the UK are living in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, a new study has warned today.

Environment Bill to give councils ‘clear framework’ to tackle pollution

30/01/2020

Local authorities will have a clear framework for tackling air pollution with the introduction of the Environment Bill, according to the Government.

Brighton considers becoming a ‘car-free’ city

28/01/2020

Brighton & Hove City councillors have agreed to look into the possibility of the city becoming ‘car-free’ by 2023.

Indoor air pollution linked to respiratory problems in children

28/01/2020

Doctors call for local authorities to be given more powers to deal with air quality in homes and schools as a new study links indoor air pollution with respiratory problems in children.

One in 19 deaths in cities due to air pollution, think tank reveals

27/01/2020

A think tank has urged councils to take urgent action to improve air quality in cities after research reveals that more than one in 19 deaths in urban areas is caused by pollution.

Glasgow set for 20mph speed limit

23/01/2020

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across most of its roads.

Council clamps down on idling drivers by removing coach parking spots

23/01/2020

Westminster City Council is removing prime parking spots for coaches after drivers ignored previous warnings to turn off their engines while parked.

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