Updates

Shape the IAQM’s response to the EFRA Committee Air Quality Inquiry

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought air quality into sharper focus. Emerging research suggests that poor air quality is correlated with higher death and infection rates from COVID-19. The lockdown led to a significant short-term improvement in air quality in many areas, but there are concerns that policies to discourage the use of public transport to ...

Webinar: Environment Bill – A new framework of environmental governance

This webinar provides an overview of the new governance framework and key policy initiatives being introduced through the Environment Bill, a landmark piece of legislation for managing the environment as the UK leaves the EU. Our speakers; Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Adviser, Katie Nield, Clean Air Lawyer at ClientEarth and Christine McHugh, IAQM Chair ...

Webinar: Has Coronavirus affected local air quality – recording now available

There is widespread reporting of improvements in ambient air quality as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but much of the evidence has focused on direct comparisons between air quality measurements made before and after social and travel restrictions were in place. Such comparisons can often be misleading as the social and travel restrictions are not ...

Continuing Professional Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having many repercussions in our home and work lives, presenting a need for us to rapidly adapt to new ways of living and working. Our recent membership survey indicated that on average 64% of our members have seen a drop in their workload, with 20% of respondents having been, or expecting ...

Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on air quality monitoring and assessments

IntroductionGovernment health guidance restricting non-essential travel, working from home and self-isolation during the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact our professional activities and so the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) provides the following information. Employers have a duty of care for their employees and employed IAQM members should follow their organisation’s advice as appropriate. Whether ...

IAQM Webinar: Air Quality and Health, 1970 to 2030

Bernard Fisher, the newly appointed first President of the IAQM, opens the IAQM 2020 webinar series with a talk about the EMEP (European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme).In this talk, Bernard presents estimates of the number of premature deaths per year in the UK associated with secondary ambient air concentrations of ammonia, sulphur and nitrogen oxides. ...