Today’s new Clean Air Zone in Bath, the first in England outside London, marks an important milestone in the UK’s efforts to bring down harmful air pollution and protect public health.
The scheme is designed to tackle the city’s air pollution problem which is mainly caused by vehicle emissions. Several areas in the city regularly exceed the legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution – even during lockdown.
Bath’s Clean Air Zone – the first outside of London – starts today to help drive down harmful pollution. Charges apply to all higher polluting vehicles except private cars. To read the full news go to https://t.co/CHbaYu7eHH pic.twitter.com/8g38VL3ebK
— B&NES Council (@bathnes) March 15, 2021
Clean Air Fund’s UK Portfolio Manager, Imogen Martineau, told AFP that schemes like Bath’s new Clean Air Zone have been identified as “the fastest way of reducing nitrogen dioxide level within legal limits”.
— Clean Air Fund (@cleanairfund) March 15, 2021
Jane told presenter, Mariella Frostrup: “Air pollution is an issue that cuts across health, climate change and social justice and Clean Air Zones will result in improvements across all three.”
Jane also spoke about the link between planetary health and human health. “During the pandemic the public have become very concerned about their health and air pollution is high up on their list of concerns… [A survey of the public found that] more than two-thirds of people support stricter laws and enforcement.”
“So we know that people care. And when people care, political will follows”.
Great that more UK cities are taking this step to clean up the air for their residents. https://t.co/peGEKnPKxo
— sean maguire (@Sean_A_Maguire) March 15, 2021