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Letter urges Environment Minister to cut air pollution from transport

1 September 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has written to Environment Minister, Rory Stewart MP, urging him to make reducing emissions from transport a key part of the government’s forthcoming plan to tackle air pollution.

Pollution exceeds EU limits in several UK cities and the government was ordered by the Supreme Court to draw up an air pollution strategy to tackle this, with a draft expected shortly. Linked to 29,000 premature deaths each year, air pollution is now estimated to be the country’s biggest public health risk after smoking.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said: 

“Transport accounts for over a fifth of carbon dioxide emissions and almost a third of nitrogen oxide emissions, so it must be a key part of the Government's plan to tackle air pollution. This is why we have written to the Minister setting out measures, including low emission zones, increasing the use of public transport, less road building and the promotion of walking and cycling to get people around our cities, all of which the plan must cover if it has any chance of reducing pollution. 

“Air pollution is a national health crisis with people in many areas being exposed to dangerously high levels that causes thousands of deaths every year in the UK. Urgent action is needed on pollution from transport if we are to get levels below legal limits everywhere.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors
 

  1. Read more about the Supreme Court Ruling here.
  2. Air pollution health statistics from Public Health England.
  3. Road transport is responsible for 22 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions and 27 per cent of emissions of nitrogen oxides.
  4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).