IAQM disappointed by delay to Government’s Air Quality Plan

Posted on April 24th, 2017

The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) is disappointed that the Government has not met the High Court’s deadline to publish the consultation draft of its 2017 Air Quality Plan. In November, after a case was brought by the environmental law charity ClientEarth, the High Court ruled that the Government’s 2015 Air Quality Plan did not comply with the requirements of EU air quality regulations. The Court ordered the Secretary…

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Time for a new Clean Air Act? environmental SCIENTIST Air Quality special

Posted on April 21st, 2017

The IAQM are pleased to announce the publication a special edition of the environmental SCIENTIST journal, focusing on air quality. Though experts have been aware of the issue for many years, it is only in recent years that the majority of the media and public have become aware of the severity of the air quality crisis in many of Britain’s towns and cities. But is it too little too late?…

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Chair’s Column, April 2017

Posted on April 13th, 2017

If you are fairly new to air quality, and by that, I mean with less than four or five years’ experience, this column is for you. We have started an Early Careers Group to help our Associates and less experienced Members develop their skills, and to meet others in the same position. The idea is that the group is organised and run by our members. The first event is scheduled…

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Reducing emissions from Medium Combustion Plants and Generators

Posted on April 12th, 2017

In February, the IAQM committee wrote to Defra, to respond to the department’s consultation on reducing emissions from Medium Combustion Plants and Generators to improve air quality. Amongst other points, the committee welcomed the proposal to transpose and implement the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD). The committee shares Defra’s view that, given the large number of such plant, the Directive’s effective implementation will bring about significant reductions in releases of air…

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UK Health Forum Air Pollution Tool

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

As part of a collaboration between The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE), the UK Health Forum and Imperial College London are working on a research project to test the long-term epidemiological impacts of air pollution in England, at both local and national levels. This project aims to model different circumstances where air pollution levels are altered or maintained, estimating the costs on the NHS…

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