Parliamentary appearance for Centre Deputy Director

On 12th September, Centre Deputy Director Frank Kelly and Centre Investigator Gary Fuller gave evidence before parliament as part of an expert panel on the status of air pollution in the UK.

The public meeting, titled 'Air Quality: Public Health Crisis' was organised by Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Environment Minister and Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Public Health Minister. Mr Gardiner is a long time campaigner on air quality issues and in July,  launched a campaign against the Government's proposals to end air quality monitoring at local level.

The committee also heard evidence from Alan Andrews, environment lawyer at Client Earth and Will Straw, Associate Director for Climate Change, Energy and Transport at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Frank Kelly presented evidence on the health effects of air pollution in the UK, and talked about how concentrations of pollutants here compare to both EU limit values and more importantly, to the health-based WHO guidelines. Gary Fuller gave an overview of air quality trends in London. He also contrasted national and local air pollution assessments; showing how a reliance on national assessment (intended for EU reporting) would mis-represent real world air pollution exposure leading to non-optimal local air qualtiy management plans.

Presenting Parliament with the latest health and air pollution research is possible because the London Air Quality Network exists. We thank the boroughs of London and all our partners who participate in this vital national resource.


(Original article by the London Air Quality Network)

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