Thursday, 8th September 2016

Temple joins new Air Pollution All Party Parliamentary Group

Yesterday the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Air Pollution held its first session. The cross-party Parliamentary group of MPs, Peers, businesses and other stakeholders was launched to promote the debate for action against air pollution. The group aims to raise awareness of air pollution and promote practical solutions to poor air quality. It is chaired by Matthew Pennycook, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, with the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) acting as secretariat.

The session had presentations from:

  • Prof Frank Kelly, Kings College London, on health impacts of air pollution
  • Alan Andrews, ClientEarth, on the legal context post Brexit
  • Alaric Lester, Associate at Temple, on technology options to tackle air pollution, and
  • Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council, on the local authority perspective.

Alaric told us: “there was lively discussion from MPs and councillors, as well as participants from industry and NGOs. Discussion topics included a perceived need for a new ‘Clean Air Act’ to address current-day air pollution and issues with emissions from shipping, which are largely unregulated. A number of participants suggested the need to ban diesel vehicles from city centres, a measure that would improve pollution levels, but no doubt be controversial. I hope that the APPG will bring further stimulus to the air quality debate and help bring about more rapid achievement of air quality standards.”

Last year Temple worked with the EIC on technology options for tackling air pollution, read the full report here.

Temple is running one of its regular Brown Bag Breakfasts (BBB) in conjunction with the Close the Door campaign. The event on 28 September will touch on some of the issues, particularly how we can tackle air pollution on our high streets. See more information here.