Air pollution is now known to be associated with much greater public health risk than was understood even a decade ago, and more risks are emerging. In the UK, air pollution is the largest environmental risk linked to deaths every year; around 5% of all deaths are attributable to air pollution fine particulate matter. The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) has estimated the mortality burden of particulate air pollution in the UK as approximately 29,000 deaths per year or an average 340,000 life years lost to the population; equivalent to an average loss of six months of life expectancy from birth, using 2008 data. We also know that air pollution disproportionately impacts those who live in less affluent areas, affects the young, older people, those with underlying cardiopulmonary conditions leading to increased health inequalities. In July 2017, the UK Government has published its plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/633270/air-quality-plan-detail.pdf
The intended audience for the workshop are all local stakeholders on air quality, especially those who have interest and influence on local environment and transport policy / strategy and those local authority staff with a role in air quality, including but not limited to public health, environmental health, planning, spatial planning, transport, and regeneration teams.
The workshop will aim to:
Improve participants’ understanding of air pollution, the health risks of air pollution and the scale of the problem
Improve participants’ understanding on what actions / interventions can be taken to reduce population exposure to air pollution with additional co-benefits to health, economy, sustainability
Strengthen participants’ understanding of their own and each other’s’ roles in tackling air pollution
Share good practice, local examples of air quality improvement work across the patch
Explore what each local authority can do alone and/or together to tackle air pollution and improve air quality
Explore what local authorities see as their next steps to working on air pollution in their geographic area(s)
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