Updates

IAQM supports MPs’ calls for urgent action and coherent plan to improve air quality

The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) supports many of the recommendations in the ‘Air Quality’ report of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee, released today. The report recognises that air pollution represents a “public health emergency” and calls for coordinated Government action now to tackle this problem across the ...

New LAQM Technical Guidance available

Defra's LAQM Helpdesk webpage has recently announced the release of new Technical Guidance (LAQM.TG16)  on LAQM. This Guidance is available to download here. Updated supporting LAQM Policy Guidance documents are also now available for England (excluding London), Scotland and Wales. The Technical Guidance applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but excludes London. Separate Technical and Policy guidance for ...

Consultation open on Mineral Dust Impacts Guidance

The IAQM is consulting Members on the draft Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impact for Planning. This IAQM document has been prepared to assist practitioners undertaking dust assessments for mineral sites. It applies to the extraction, handling , processing (e.g. crushing/screening) and transport of solid minerals, and not to liquid or gaseous mineral products. ...

Chair’s Column – April 2016

  The clocks have changed, plants are budding and we are launching our 2016 events programme, in what could be a seminal year for air quality. It looks like Defra will be in court again with ClientEarth challenging the 2015 Air Quality Plan; even if voters support Brexit in June there will be a transition period ...

IAQM submits evidence to Vehicle Type Approval inquiry

At the end of 2015, the IAQM submitted evidence to an inquiry of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, on Vehicle Type Approval. The committee's inquiry is ongoing, but written submissions have been released online, so we are able to publish our evidence. The IAQM submission made several key points: The gap between type approval (TA) ...

New IAQM Position Statement regarding impacts on sensitive habitats

The IAQM issues Position Statements on: external matters that could affect the way in which Members carry out their professional tasks; or air quality topics and issues where the IAQM believes its collective specialist knowledge gives it a unique perspective from which to give a professional opinion. In response to recent interest in the topic, the ...