Committee urges government to address air pollution post coronavirus (COVID-19)

Committee urges government to address air pollution post coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published a report outlining the disproportionate damage caused by air pollution to disadvantaged areas. The committee has urged the government to tackle poor air quality in England, saying it should be a pillar of rebuilding the country after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The key recommendations made in the report include:

• establishing joined-up cross-departmental government support

• encouraging green modes of transport, such as electric vehicles, walking and public transport

• make clean air targets clearer and stricter

The chair of the Committee, Neil Parish, said that ‘we need more work to help accelerate towards a greener, cleaner future, so that commuting less and using electric vehicles more will be a real option for the majority.’

Source: Air Quality and coronavirus: a glimpse of a different future or business as usual

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