UKLPG confirm Healthy Air Campaign support
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 15:30
CAMPAIGN: UKLPG make stance clear
LPG trade association UKLPG have confirmed their support for the Healthy Air Campaign’s (HAC) mission to combat air pollution.
HAC is a positive public awareness and advocacy campaign made up of a coalition of NGO partners with a stake in air quality and its impacts and is co-ordinated by ClientEarth.
As a supporter of the HAC, UKLPG pledge to raise public awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, encourage behaviour that helps cut air pollution and exposure to it and persuade all levels of government to take stronger action so that the UK complies fully with air quality law.
“Pollution in our cities is reaching a critical level and the contribution that LPG can make to cutting harmful emissions should not be underestimated.”
Rob Shuttleworth, UKLPG
Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Executive of UKLPG, said: “Only last week the EU launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with nitrogen dioxide pollution, which impacts on the health of thousands of people every year.
“If more motorists and fleets converted their vehicles to run on LPG, it could have a significant impact on air quality in our urban areas.
“Pollution in our cities is reaching a critical level and the contribution that LPG can make to cutting harmful emissions should not be underestimated.
“The potential for LPG to help cut urban pollution has been well documented worldwide and as demand for alternative fuels grows, it has considerable potential to make a positive contribution to the future health of UK cities.”
According to the UK Supreme Court air pollution limits are regularly exceeded in 16 zones across the UK.
The areas affected are Greater London, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Teesside, the Potteries, Hull, Southampton, Glasgow, the East, the South East, the East Midlands, Merseyside, Yorkshire and Humberside, the West Midlands, and the North East.
The Court also noted that air quality improvement plans estimate that for London, compliance with EU standards will only be achieved by 2025, fifteen years after the original deadline, and in 2020 for the other 15 zones.
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