Paula Hewitt, Chair of ADEPT’s Environment Board said: “ADEPT members share public concern on the impacts of poor air quality. It is a complex area, but one where responsibility cannot fall on local authorities alone. We have supported the Government’s commitment to improving air quality in the 25 Year Environment Plan and worked closely with a range of partners, including the Environment Agency, to ensure the role of councils is understood.
“It is of concern that the Environment Agency’s key findings include worrying figures on particulate pollution, the breaching of NO2 levels and that the emission targets for key pollutants will not be met by 2030 without further action. Although there has been a welcome reduction in emissions and concentrations of most air pollutants, the pace of change is not fast enough.”