Scotland consider projects to improve air quality: The Scottish Government has started a consultation and is looking for views on a collection of proposals to further reduce air pollution.

Setting out plans to improve air quality, 5 – year draft Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 strategy is taking forward possilble measures to control the amount of the most polluting domestic fuels, including wet wood & house coal.

The strategy also involves bids to work with the agriculture sector to generate a voluntary code of good practice to help lower emission of air pollutants, continued shift to more sustainable transport modes and behaviour change in connection to air quality & a new approach to public engagement.

In the consults, the proposals have been shaped by the work of an independent panel of experts guided by Professor Campbell Gemmell, an environmental policy adviser to the World Bank and Deputy Chair of the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.  The consultation are set open until 22nd January 2021.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham explained: “The air that we breathe is fundamental to human life and the quality of our environment. It should protect and enhance our health and wellbeing. Despite the undoubted improvements in air quality over recent years, there is more we can and must do. The proposals set out in this strategy are essential if we are to ensure Scotland has the best air quality in Europe.

“Since our original Cleaner Air For Scotland strategy was published five years ago, we have introduced some of the most ambitious climate change legislation in the world, published our Environment Strategy, updated our National Transport Strategy with an emphasis on greener travel and began the introduction of Low Emission Zones.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is more important than ever that we design a better future and a more sustainable, green economy which will better support our communities health and environment as we head for net zero by 2045. So I would encourage people and organisations to engage in this consultation and work together for a better, cleaner future for our planet, this generation – and those to come.”

Scotland consider projects to improve air quality

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