Resources

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Improving Air Quality After Brexit

Environmental Industries Commission

December 2017

Written in collaboration with the Environmental Industries Commission, this report considers the opportunities for UK air quality policy in the context of Brexit.

Air quality is an important and high-profile issue and has been described by Defra as “the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK”. However, it has yet to receive any real attention in the ongoing debate on the type of Brexit the UK wants and can achieve, and even less on what happens afterwards.

EIC and Aether teamed up to look at the impact of Brexit on air quality policy, what needs to be put in place to maintain a downward pressure on air pollution, and what opportunities Brexit might bring to improve the UK’s approach to air quality management. The report offers six key measures which need to be put in place if we are to seize these opportunities and ensure that we can protect the health of the UK population from poor air quality into the future:

  • Create a statutory Committee on Air Quality
  • Adopt a continuous improvement approach to particulate matter and its precursors
  • Give these initiatives statutory force through a new Clean Air Act
  • Maintain international cooperation, including membership of the European Environment Agency
  • Establish clear, independent and meaningful routes of redress on environmental issues
  • Stimulate the green economy for goods and services to reduce environmental impacts.
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Reports

Publications

London's Polluted Schools: The Social Context

FIA Foundation

September 2017

This report was written for the FIA Foundation. The study considered London schools that are exposed to poor air quality and the relationships with other social indicators that might be connected to action to improve air quality.

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Updated Analysis of Air Pollution Exposure in London

Greater London Authority

February 2017

The research described in this report considers pollution exposure in London in 2013 and considers how exposure varies by indicators of relative deprivation and ethnic groups in London.

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Evidence Review of the Potential Wider Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation Options: Built Environment Sector

Scottish Government

January 2017

This review summarises the evidence of potential wider impacts arising from Climate Change mitigation measures in the Built Environment sector.

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Application of the European Union Emissions Trading Directive

European Environment Agency

April 2017

Aether co-authored this European Environment Agency (EEA) report. It provides an updated overview of information provided by European Union Member States on the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System Directive.

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Data

Data Visualisation

Jersey Infographic

Aether created a data viewer for the States of Jersey to visualise the Jersey greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The viewer provides insight into the historical emissions in Jersey and allows the user to explore the trends. It also visualises the actions that Jersey have put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, illustrating how Jersey intends to meet the national emissions reduction target.

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E-PRTR Viewer

The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register(E-PRTR) is the Europe-wide register that provides easily accessible key environmental data from industrial facilities in European Union Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland. Since 2007, the register contains data reported annually by more than 30,000 industrial facilities covering 65 economic activities across Europe. This E-PRTR viewer enables exploration and analysis of the data submitted to the E-PRTR.

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Oxford Sustainability Index

Aether created a data viewer for the Oxford Sustainability Index based on findings from the Oxford Sustainability Index report developed for Oxford City Council in 2016. The viewer visualises Oxford’s sustainability performance along a range of environmental indicators, and allows users to explore the City’s performance compared to other urban areas in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Paris Tracker

Tracking the ratification progress of the Paris Agreement. In accordance with Article 21, paragraph 1, of the Paris Agreement, the Agreement shall enter into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. It entered into force on 4 November 2016.

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