backheadlines          back issues         Contact & Home Page

A unique subscription-only newsletter for those working in UK ambient air quality

Virus update: We will cotninue as normal. If you need your paper copy redirected or encrypted pdfs please email me


October 2020 Issue 174

Burner goes to Judicial Review

Protesters are judicially reviewing the decision of the Environment Agency to permit an incinerator with a short stack.

Tyre particle collector wins award

A device to collect tyre particles has won a James Dyson design award.

AQC = Logika?

Air Quality Consultants is now part of the Logika Group – a holding company headed by AQC chief Chris Whall. Logika was registered at Companies House in December.` 

Scotland celebrates

Environmental Protection Scotland is throwing its weight behind Clean Air Day on 8th October 2020.

Legal challenge takes shape

Activist legal charity The Good Law Project is following in the footsteps of Clientearth and considering mounting a legal challenge on air quality.

Big boost from clean air

CBI Economics analysis, commissioned by the Clean Air Fund, says that the UK economy could benefit to the tune of £1.6bn a year if it were to achieve the guidelines set by the WHO for air quality.

£2m air grant

Local authority grant for air quality work in England has been pegged at £2m.

SO2 rise seen in Liverpool

A University of Liverpool study of air pollution in the UK during the first 100 days of lockdown has revealed that whilst NO2 levels were cut by half, levels of sulphur dioxide increased by over 100%.

London scrappage

he London Mayor has launched a new heavy vehicle scrappage scheme that gives small businesses and charities with heavy vehicles £15,000 to repla

Targets key to Environment Bill effectiveness

Establishing legally binding targets through the Environment Bill is needed, says the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Solent nitrate impasse solved: lessons for air

A mechanism has been proposed to allow new development to restart in Hampshire, currently stalled due to excess nitrate.

Lockdown bounceback

Air pollution is rising again as lockdowns come and go across the world.

Comeap hedges on non-tailpipes

The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (Comeap) has been unable to conclude that non-tailpipe vehicle emissions are dangerous. Instead it calls for ‘more research’ and is only willing to say: “It is likely that there is some health risk associated with exposure to non-exhaust particles.”

Power demand up in lockdown

High levels of air pollution are forcing people inside to use more electricity, causing even greater environmental problems by increasing greenhouse gas emissions

Highways England spending broken down

In response to a Freedom of Information request submitted to Highways England, a breakdown of spending on air quality has been provided.

Sheffield stalls

Sheffield is to delay its clean air plans.

Air quality Champion dies

Ex Defra air quality boss and Clean Air Champion Martin Williams has died.

Waste guidance

The Environment Agency has launched a public consultation into new guidance for appropriate measures taking non-hazardous and inert waste for treatment or transfer:

Inspire survives

European Inspire Directive provisions for common data have been translated into UK law so they survive after the Brexit transition.

Oxford seeks 30µg/m3 NO2 target

Oxford says last month’s updated air quality action plan is a UK first in striving for a 30µg/m3 NO2 target. UK objectives are 40µg/m3 but Oxford believes health effects occur below this level.

Burners borough by borough

The impact of incinerator emissions across London has been assessed at borough level. Health effects are statistically small – nearly 15 deaths per year.

School to be monitored for air effect

The GLA has launched an air quality monitoring project to give an accurate indication of the benefits 430 new School Streets – where roads surrounding schools are closed to motor traffic at drop-off and pick-up times – across London.

Boiler ‘clearskies’ scheme launched

A new objective and independent emissions and energy performance certification mark for solid fuel stoves and fireplaces that aims to demonstrates appliance manufacturers’ commitment to improving air quality has been welcomed by government.

Zephyr network

The NEVFMA project was set up by Innovate UK and Highways England to investigate the impact of traffic management strategies on air quality on the strategic road network and A roads.

Scotland slows LEZs

Scotland is to delay introduction of its four low emission zones (roughly the same as English clean air zones).

...but money available

The Scottish Government has launched the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Mobility Fund, offering cash incentives and Travel Better vouchers, if non-compliant vehicles are removed from Scotland’s roads.

CHP consultation draws fire

A consultation on combined heat and power was slipped out in summer and was likely missed by many – but not in London where the problem first arose

Scottish hearts and minds

Public opinion is seen as crucial if air quality is to be improved. Scotland looks at the psychology behind attitudes and actions, finds Jack Pease

Citizens jury

Citizens juries are frequently proposed when all other ideas are exhausted, they are a high profile activity that politicians can throw their weight behind, appear to be seen to be doing something and then quietly let the matter die a death.