Burton and Uttoxeter’s MP Andrew Griffiths has backed what has been called the Government’s “most ambitious plan yet” to tackle air pollution. The Clean Air Strategy, which was announced by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, is part of the Government’s 25 Year Plan for the environment which aims to leave the environment in a better state than the previous generation.
The new Clean Air Strategy is the most ambitious steps so far taken by the Government to cut air pollution and save lives. In the UK, air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease.
Policies included in the Plan ensure that only the cleanest of fuels are used in homes and that new standards or car tyres and brakes are developed to combat toxic emissions from vehicles on the UK’s road. In addition to this, the Government has pledged to work with UK farmers to reduce the level of air pollution from agriculture waste and cattle emissions.
The Government’s aim is for this plan to help the UK reach the goal of halving the number of people living in locations where concentration of particles are above the World Health Organisation’s recommendation by 2025.
Andrew said, “This a very welcome move by the Government which is important not just for our quality of life but for our health too. In East Staffordshire we are very lucky never to be too far from green open spaces but it is important more is done to tackle the level of emissions in our towns and cities. This is an ambitious move by the Government which will go a long way to improving the quality of air and ultimately our health.”