Oxford sets out UK’s first localised air pollution target in new draft Air Quality Action Plan

Greens have cautiously welcomed the news that the City is to set itself an air quality target which exceeds the current legal annual mean limit for NO2 target of 40 µg/m3. The target will seek to reduce this to 30 µg/m3 by 2025. 

Although the current legal annual mean limit value for NO2 is 40 µg/m3,  research now shows that this is not a safe limit.  
Green Cllr Craig Simmons said, "Setting an ambitious target for 2025 is welcome, but the Council is already required to reduce emissions below 40 µg/m3 THIS YEAR and is failing to do so. Last year emissions in Oxford actually increased! We have seen delays in the introduction of the so-called Zero Emission Zone and a botched policy on car park development and pricing which has actually encouraged people to drive in to the City Centre.  Yes, it is good that the Council is setting a challenging 2025 goal, but we need action now."
FMI 0773 980 3047 Cllr Craig Simmons
25 August 2020

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