Defra AQAP effectiveness

30 November 2011

Aether and Air Quality Consultants have won a Defra contract to review the effectiveness of Local Authority Air Quality Action Plans and future policy options for Local Air Quality Management. The team is expected to report its findings in April next year.

The project will review the outcomes of the action planning process to date and try to identify the extent to which the implemented measures have been successful in reducing emissions/concentrations, and to what extent the process has been hampered by issues beyond the authority’s control.  A main component of the project will be to advise Defra on alternative approaches that could be used to improve the implementation and effectiveness of action plans.  The project will also review the existing Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) reporting cycle and identify whether the reporting burden could be reduced, whilst retaining the valuable contribution to LAQM that the process currently delivers.

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