MPs right to call for urgent air pollution action

Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, has issued an air quality report today that calls for clean air zones and a diesel scrappage scheme, among other things.

Unanimous call for action on air pollution

Reacting to the report, ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews said:

“We’ve been telling the government it needs to act on air pollution for five years. Due to our legal case, the Supreme Court has ordered the government to act. Now, almost a year on from that ruling, a cross party group of MPs has told the government it must get a grip. It seems there is near-unanimous agreement on the need for urgent action from everyone other than the ministers responsible for dealing with our toxic air.

“It’s telling that even the Tory chairman of this committee agrees that the government is not doing enough.

“The committee is right to call for more clean air zones. We need a national network of these, alongside other measures that can be taken urgently. This is a public health crisis, it’s time for the government to act in the interests of our health. Instead, ministers are championing weaker emissions standards for cars and trying to get major air pollutants from agriculture dropped from European laws.”

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