Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) is a management tool that aims to improve and maintain local air quality so that it meets EU standards and protects human health and the environment. The model currently being used in the UK and Europe consists of an assessment of air quality in relation to legislative standards or objectives (limit values in European legislation) for specified pollutants. Where such objectives are unlikely to be met, specific locations are designated for action.

In the UK, such locations are Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) and are designated by individual local authorities. UK Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) are being implemented at both the local level (to put in place local policies and measures to improve air quality to acceptable levels) and at a national level. This topic describes national and local level policy implementation.

In 2019, the Government published its Clean Air Strategy outlining a plan for how air quality in the UK can be improved, including how air quality will be managed following the UK’s exit from the European Union. As part of this, the LAQM framework in England will be reviewed.

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