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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IAQM responds to DCLG consultation on EIA

Posted on February 10th, 2017

In January the IAQM committee submitted a response to the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Consultation on the implementation of European Directive 2014/52/EU (Environmental Impact Assessment). The IAQM submission focused on the matter of ‘competent experts’ as defined by Article 5(3). Download the full submission (pdf).

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Reviewing Guidance on Air Quality Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites

Posted on January 13th, 2017

This Guidance was published by IAQM in 2012.  In keeping with general IAQM principles, it is prudent to review such guidance after a period of time to ensure that it is up to date and still represents best practice.  Accordingly, the original Working Group has been reformed, with some additional members, and we intend to prepare a revised document for consultation later this year. In undertaking this review, we wish…

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Chair’s Column, January 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

The European Commission designated 2013 the ‘Year of Air’. They chose the wrong year in my opinion. It should have been last year. Not because concentrations were particularly high or the problems have been solved, but because of the degree of interest in air pollution shown by policy makers, the media, and of particular importance, the medical profession. It almost seemed like everyone (with some notable exceptions) wanted to get…

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