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Hedge & Garden Maintenance

Sunday 2nd December
Derryanvil, near Portadown
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NIEL AGM 2018

Tuesday 4th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
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Making Environmentally Friendly Christmas Decorations

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5 December 2017

TBC, Central London

According to analysis commissioned by the Labour Party, almost two–thirds of the population in the UK are living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution. Furthermore, the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health estimate that up to 40,000 premature deaths linked to air pollution occur in the UK each year. These figures highlight the need for environmental reform. However, following the 2017 snap General Election, and most notably, the Brexit decision, there is a substantial amount of uncertainty surrounding the future direction of UK environmental policy.

In recent years, the British Government has taken steps to reassure stakeholders that air pollution remains at the top of the policy agenda. Chief among these steps is the UK Air Quality Plan. The plan is quoted by DEFRA as being ‘ambitious… combining national and local measures. It is focused on targeted interventions that form part of a wider approach exploiting new, cleaner technologies, such as electric and ultra–low emission vehicles’. In July 2017, the Government also announced a plan to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in an effort to combat air pollution on congested roads.

Despite this Government commitment to tackling air pollution, many practitioners and stakeholders still hold misgivings about the potential void of advocacy and support left in the absence of EU environmental guidance post–Brexit.  It is estimated that between 80–90% of existing UK environmental legislation originates from the EU. Bills such as the Ambient Air Quality Directive, the Air Quality Standards Regulation, and the National Ceilings Emissions Directive have been central to shaping contemporary UK environmental policy. Practitioners, therefore, view it as vital to instil a sense of clarity and certainty as it pertains to future UK strategy on the issue of air quality and climate change post–Brexit.

In addition to concerns regarding national environmental policy, DeSmog UK has raised awareness of the fact that a number of local authorities feel ill–equipped to deal with air pollution in their communities, often citing being under–funded and overstretched. Many local authorities have thus been unable to fulfil their obligations under the Local Air Quality Management regulations to effectively monitor and manage emissions in their communities. Following a July 2017 consultation of the UK Air Quality Action Plan, practitioners urged that local authorities needed more support and that central Government should take a greater degree of leadership, and should not consign responsibility for tackling nitrogen dioxide solely to local authorities.

This timely symposium will bring together local authorities, third sector practitioners, public health professionals and other stakeholders to explore new approaches and innovations to tackle air pollution in the UK at both a local and national level. The symposium will also offer a platform to propagate awareness of the public health implications of living with illegal levels of air pollution and to develop strategies to ensure environmental legislation governing air quality remains a top policy priority within the UK post–Brexit.

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Time   More Details 10:15am – 4:30pm
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