Air quality experts recently met to debate the forthcoming Environment Bill.

The debate also considered topics such as a possible link between people’s exposure to air pollution and the severity of any cases of Covid-19 and what should be done to protect people’s health.

Rebecca Pow, minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the Bill will contain a ‘broad range of measures’ to tackle air pollution.

It will include how to build the evidence base to support air pollution targets; emission reduction measures such as clean air zones and a process for setting, reporting and enforcing new targets. It will also ‘empower local authorities to act on hotspots,’ with the minister “delighted to announce that Bath and Birmingham will be implementing clean air zones in 2021”.

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