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Event Summary

Building on the Clean Air Strategy 2019, the Environment Act 2021 has strengthened the UK’s commitment to improving air quality. With a fresh wave of funding announced by Defra and new emissions targets to be announced by October 2022, Westminster Insight’s Conference is ideally timed to learn about how to implement key changes outlined in the Act.

Attend to explore how the Act builds on and improves the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) Framework, bolstering Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) and increasing transparency, co-operation and accountability at all levels of the public sector. You will hear how to successfully monitor air quality, highlight areas of concern and assess the impact of new initiatives.

Hear about the role of the newly established Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) providing independent oversight and enforcement. Explore new powers the Act gives to local authorities to tackle emissions of PM2.5 through strengthened smoke control powers.

Leading air quality experts will explore the different transport measures that can be used to reduce air pollution and meet air quality targets. You will hear how to overcome barriers to implementing Clean Air Zones (CAZs).

Following an inquest in 2020, nine-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debra became the first person in the UK to have air pollution recognised as a cause of death. Learn how to raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution on health, protect vulnerable groups and support the public to reduce their own contribution to emissions.

Key Points

  • Implementing key changes outlined in the Environment Act and how to meet updated emission targets
  • Exploring reforms to the LAQM Framework and increased local authority powers to control smoke emissions
  • Implementing successful Clean Air Zones (CAZs), increasing the use of sustainable transport and introducing effective traffic management measures
  • Engaging local communities to raise awareness of air quality issues and deliver behaviour changes