Assessment of the UK Local Authority’s Air Quality Review and Assessment Procedure for the UK Government

Project details

Funding bodies: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); Welsh Government; Scottish Government; Greater London Authority; Department of Environment, Northern Ireland.

Collaborator: Air Quality Consultants Ltd.

Dates: 1999 - 2011.

Project summary

AQMRC supported Defra and the Devolved Administrations in the delivery of the Review and Assessment process for over a decade.  The support provided to the UK Government and UK local authorities included:

  • Contribution to the development of the UK Technical Guidance and Policy Guidance since the inception of Local Air Quality Management (LAQM);
  • The evaluation of numerous technical and process aspects of the LAQM process in the UK, the outcomes of which fed directly into the 2003 and 2008/9 updates of official guidance and the In-House Policy Unit’s Review of LAQM;
  • Provision of technical and policy support to local authorities through the provision of a helpdesk service;
  • Official appraisal of all UK Local Authority Review and Assessment Reports submitted from 1999-2010 on behalf of the UK Government for sound science and adherence to guidance which included extensive detailed air quality monitoring and dispersion modelling assessment;
  • Development of clear and concise protocols for official feedback and conflict resolution;
  • Provision of data for national reporting purposes. through the development and population of bespoke database e.g. Air Quality Management Area statistics;
  • Support in answering UK Parliamentary Questions.

For more details, please email Professor James Longhurst.

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