The government’s supplement to the NO2 Plan is set to be released.
Released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the NO2 Plan is set to publish findings that will tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.
Earlier this year, the government directed 33 local authorities in England who reported shorter-term NO2 problems to undertake studies that will try and establish the measures that can be taken in their areas to reduce nitrogen oxide air pollution.
Since this time, findings were submitted to the government by the end of July, giving time to consider the results in time for the supplement to the NO2 Plan, which is now due.
It is part of the government’s Clean Air Strategy which seeks to do more to reduce pollution, which is seen as the fourth biggest threat to public health, behind cancer, obesity and heart disease.
Air quality has reduced significantly since 1970 and, in total, emissions of nitrogen oxides have fallen by more than a quarter between 2010 and 2016.
However, there are parts of the country that still have high levels of pollution, and these will be tackled in the supplement to the NO2 Plan.
In the consultation, which invited 33 local authorities who know their areas best to investigate the ways in which emissions of nitrogen oxides can be reduced, stakeholders were invited to provide comment and evidence on some of the potential measures that the third wave local authorities could take to reduce NO2 pollution.
Local authorities could then consider these responses as part of their studies.
Reasons for the high level of nitrogen oxides are typically due to the emissions of vehicles, and the burning of fossil fuels.
Through the supplement to the NO2 Plan, these local authorities will publish their views about how to improve the emissions in all of these regions.