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Northern Ireland and Scotland revisit air quality regs

Air quality standards are being revised in Scotland and Northern Ireland to reflect amendments to European law.

Wales promotes cleaner fire places

The Welsh Assembly has published a list of wood burning stoves and other domestic fireplaces that are exempt from legal restrictions on the burning of solid fuels in the home in an attempt to improve air quality.

Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom appeared before the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament today

Leadsom admits uncertainty over post-Brexit environmental laws

Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the majority of European Union (EU) environmental legislation will be transferred across into UK law in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but uncertainty looms for around a third of green regulations which the Defra Sectretary admitted "won't be easy to transpose".

The addition of a third runway at Heathrow has been widely criticised by politicians and campaigners due to its potential impact on noise and air quality

'Climate-wrecking' Heathrow Airport expansion approved by Government

The long-anticipated expansion of London's Heathrow Airport has been approved by Government ministers - a decision that has been lambasted by green groups and environmental campaigners for its potential impact on Britain's air quality and emissions.

Most EU member states support raising the EU’s pollution standard 50% above the legal limit set down in the Euro 6 regulation

Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws

New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states.

The court heard the Government chose an arbitrary date of 2020 to comply with pollution laws because it was thought that would be the earliest it would be fined by the European Commission

Treasury blocked air quality plans in favour of 'absolute minimum' measures

The Treasury blocked plans to bring UK air pollution within legal limits as part of an "entire approach driven by cost", the High Court heard yesterday (18 October) in a retrial over illegal air levels.

Analysis from think-tank Sandbag has revealed that up to 246 new diesel projects have submitted bids for the capacity market subsidy scheme

Capacity market provides another twist in the Government's air quality battle

As the UK Government returns to court over illegal air quality levels, new analysis from think-tank Sandbag has warned that up to £800m could be spent in the UK to subsidise a plethora of new diesel generators during the next 15 years.

The Mayor today joined pupils at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark, a traffic hot spot that would be included in the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion

Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.

The announcement arrives just days ahead of a rumoured decision on airport expansion at either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Gatwick pioneers CO2-saving green taxi scheme

Gatwick Airport has announced a ground-breaking deal with its on-airport taxi company to reduce emissions by 75% per journey by 2020 using alternatively-fuelled vehicles, as part of the Airport's overarching strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

New infrared technology that allows the public to

Report: Air pollution could be resulting in more UK road accidents

A new correlation between air pollution and traffic accidents has heightened the need to improve air quality, an action that could be accelerated through the use of infrared technology acting as a visual demonstration of vehicle emissions.

The EAC has urged the Department to provide post-Brexit investor stability and certainty through policies that signal to industry its intention to incentivise ULEV uptake

Government failing on low-carbon vehicles, MPs warn

The Department for Transport (DfT) must commit to a long-term green vehicle strategy through an increase in the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and a reduction in air pollution levels in order to achieve national decarbonisation targets, the latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has concluded.

The Union Jack flies above Westminster in London, one of the most polluted cities in Europe

ClientEarth: UK Government should come clean on dirty air

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has challenged UK government air pollution projections in light of new research that finds diesel cars are releasing six times more dangerous pollutants on the road than in factory testing.

Nissan's research coincides with the launch of numerous alerts across London that notify residents during the worst doses of air pollution

Nissan data reveals spike in public awareness over air pollution

Electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has revealed that UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased by 750% in the last ten years, in the same week that that the Mayor of London's air quality alerts were introduced at transport hotspots across the capital.

The €762,000 will be split across two research projects with €627,000 given to iScape project research and €135,000 granted to the EU Clean Sky 1 project

University of Surrey receives post-Brexit EU grant for smart cities research

The University of Surrey has received a new €762,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to conduct research into the development of smart cities and the environmental impact of a cleaner aeronautics industry, allaying fears of a broken environmental relationship between the UK and Europe after the Brexit vote.

Royal Parks insist air pollution intake can be halved by taking a few minutes’ stroll from Oxford Street into Hyde Park

New data reveals London's green spaces now exceed pollution limits

Environmental campaigners have urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ramp up his commitments to improve the air quality of the capital after a new open data website revealed that many parks in the capital are now exceeding the European Union's (EU) recommended limit for air pollution.

A bus travels along Putney High Street, which will introduce a low-emission bus zone in February 2017. Photo: Google Maps

London to roll out low-emission bus zones along most polluted routes

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to roll out the first batch of low-emission bus zones along the capital's most polluted transport routes.

Rio's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?

The City of London Corporation has also created the ‘City Air’ app, which offers low-pollution travel routes around the capital

Diesel vehicle purchases banned by City of London Corporation

London's struggling attempt to battle rising air pollution was given a welcome boost on Monday (1 August), after the City of London Corporation announced a ban on the purchase of diesel vehicles for its business fleets.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to help some of London’s most polluted boroughs implement stringent proposals to tackle toxic air quality hotspots with an £11m fund

Sadiq Khan: Government shouldn't treat air quality measures as 'green crap'

Sadiq Khan has urged the new Government not to "water down" commitments to air quality proposals post-Brexit, in the same week that the London Mayor created an £11m fund to set up five Low Emission Neighbourhoods across the capital.

The Brexit bus publicity stunt coincided with the release of a Greenpeace air pollution paper which revealed that London is set to miss WHO air quality guidelines. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace hires Brexit campaign blunder-bus as 'vehicle for change'

Greenpeace has hired Vote Leave's European Union (EU) referendum bus with plans to rebrand it a "vehicle for change", in the same week that the campaign group released new air pollution research that shows clean air will be a reality only if diesel vehicles are phased out altogether.

edie has once again pulled the best innovation stories that could drive the low-carbon, resource efficient transition

Gravity-powered batteries and pig poo roads: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that has seen political 'leaders' fall by the wayside, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon innovations that could create opportunities amidst the chaos left by politicians who have now jumped a seemingly sinking ship.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today vowed to implement a £10 Emissions Surcharge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017. PHoto: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

On the 60th anniversary of the UK's Clean Air Act, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a wide-ranging action plan to tackle toxic air in the capital, including the implementation of clean bus corridors, an extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and an emissions surcharge on the most polluting vehicles.

Research conducted by YouGov has demonstrated widespread domestic concern about air pollution and support for the introduction of Clean Air Zones

Britain urged to improve air quality efforts 'whatever the outcome of Brexit'

The UK Government is once again being urged to ramp up efforts to deal with the "deadly issue" of air pollution, this time as new reports suggest that "watered-down" proposals agreed by European Union (EU) Member States could lead to nearly 10,000 additional deaths across the continent.

Once article 50 has be invoked, and the UK officially takes steps to leave the EU, it would no longer be required to comply with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package

Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality

The UK's impending decision to leave the European Union (EU) could lead to a "weakening of domestic standards" that fails to incentivise businesses to improve recycling rates and tackle air quality issues, a new report has found.

Air pollution is allegedly 'claiming tens of thousands of UK lives a year' and led to the capital breaching its annual pollution limits in just one week

Air quality crisis: 7 shocking statistics that will take your breath away

With a plethora of recent reports highlighting the devastating extent to which the issue of air pollution is impacting the health of UK citizens and the world population in general, edie takes a look at the shocking statistics behind the coverage.

The vast majority (88%) of respondents said that the EU policy approach is needed to complement and support national level policies in addressing air pollution

Sustainability professionals rue ignorance of green issues in EU debates

With just two weeks to go before Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum, a new survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority of sustainability professionals believe voters have insufficient information to take environment and sustainability issues into account when they cast their vote.

Air pollution is an increasing concern, as recent research has shown the problem is growing and at least 40,000 people across the UK are dying prematurely because of it

London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs

People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.

The Pact of Amsterdam is also proposing measures to introduce the circular economy into European cities – with an aim to increase resource productivity by 30% by 2030

Will the Pact of Amsterdam strengthen the UK's air quality regulations?

With Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum just weeks away, a major new EU-wide initiative has been launched to introduce more ambitious measures to improve air quality and implement closed-loop business processes, in an effort to create smarter, greener cities within EU Member States.

Successful schemes have received funding to improve healthy living and increase access to jobs

Government provides £21m funding to support green transport

The UK Government is providing £21m funding to councils across the nation through sustainable travel initiatives to boost local economies, promote healthier forms of transport and facilitate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

The first zero-emission taxi was recently licensed by Transport for London (TfL) to carry passengers around the UK's capital

London Black Cab receives $400m windfall to roll-out zero-emission taxis

The development of a zero-emission London Black Cab vehicle has moved a step closer, after a Chinese automobile company raised $400m to support the roll-out of a new generation of electric taxis across the capital.

Johnson, speaking on Tuesday, denied there had been any cover-up and said it was “absurd” to suggest so

Boris Johnson 'held back' negative findings of air pollution report

The author of a report on how London's illegal air pollution disproportionately affects deprived schools has said City Hall under Boris Johnson held back the study's negative findings, while publicising the positive ones.

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to work more closely with central Government to tackle air pollution on a national and international level

Sadiq Khan strives to exceed "hopelessly inactive" Boris Johnson with fresh air quality proposals

In the first week of his tenure as the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has stayed true to his word to build a cleaner, greener city, having unveiled a raft of new green proposals - including a plan to develop the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) earlier than planned in an effort to improve air quality.

While London is in breach of WHO standards, the capital still boasts better air quality than Port Talbot, Stanford-le-Hope and Glasgow

From Glasgow to Eastbourne: the 10 UK towns and cities breaching WHO air quality limits

Questions concerning the UK Government's handling of national air quality policies look set to re-emerge, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 10 UK towns and cities, including London, Glasgow and Eastbourne, are failing to meet international air quality standards.

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to make air quality in the capital his top green priority

Sadiq Khan prepares to take on Defra with legal action over UK air quality

In his first week as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has praised environmental law firm ClientEarth for its ongoing legal battle on air pollution, with City Hall confirming that Khan will be directly involved in renewed action against the Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes the capital has the potential to be

London set for 'clean energy revolution' as Sadiq Khan wins mayoral election

Labour's London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan - the contender proposing to become the "greenest Mayor ever" - is poised to be swept into City Hall after defeating the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith by a clear majority.

Heathrow Airport caters for 70% of the UK’s scheduled long-haul flights, compared to 11% at Gatwick

Air quality takes centre stage in Gatwick and Heathrow's expansion battle

Gatwick Airport has claimed it is the "only" airport that can deliver the economic benefits of expansion without "dramatic and unacceptable" impacts on air quality, after the Transport Committee continued to back the third runway development plans at Heathrow.

(L-R): London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservatives); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

London mayoral election: The green policy showdown

With the race to enter City Hall drawing to a conclusion on Thursday (5 May), edie rounds up the environmental credentials and ambitions of the five main candidates bidding to be the next Mayor of London.

The public outcry over London's air pollution led to Greenpeace activists climbing Nelson's Column in protest

UK Government faces second court battle over air pollution plans

The UK government is to be sued in the high court over its air pollution plans, just a year after losing at the supreme court and being ordered to fulfil its legal duty to cut pollution rapidly.

EFRA's Air Quality report urges the Government to create a reasonable incentive for people to purchase more expensive low-emission vehicles and offset high levels of pollution

EFRA urges DEFRA to act on air pollution

Urgent Government action is needed to avert the UK's air quality crisis, including the introduction of clean air zones in towns and cities, a diesel scrappage scheme and steps to tackle farming emissions, according to a major new report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA).

The proposed third runway at Heathrow has been labelled a

Heathrow and TfL at odds over environmental impact of expansion

Proposals for a third runway at Heathrow could cost the taxpayer around £17bn and aggravate London's air pollution because of increased traffic levels, according to documents obtained by Greenpeace from Transport for London (TfL).

All cars included in the investigation failed to meet the EU limit when tested under “real-world” conditions, with DfT finding that the average emissions were five times higher

Britain's diesel car emissions 'five times over EU limits', Government tests reveal

Recent claims by the UK Government that it is "leading the push" for greater emissions testing in diesel cars have been branded as "misleading", after a Department for Transport (DfT) investigation revealed that some vehicles are still producing up to 12 times the EU maximum limit for road-tested emissions.

With London’s population expected to grow by a fifth by 2030, the report claims that the capital will need renewable investment on a scale ‘never before achieved’

London a 'victim of its own success' as environmental performance wanes

The city of London is at risk of becoming a 'victim of its own success', with aging infrastructure and a lack of investment into renewables doing nothing to ease the burden of a rapidly growing population, a new report has found.

Zac Goldsmith's new Transport Manifesto is a 'concrete, costed, coherent strategy' to drive a clean air revolution in the capital

Zac Goldsmith promises 'clean air revolution' in Transport Manifesto

Zac Goldsmith will kick-start a 'clean air revolution' if elected London Mayor by cleaning up the capital's bus and taxi fleet, aiming for all new cars in London to be zero emission by 2030, and introducing a Boris Bike equivalent for electric cars, according to his Transport Manifesto.

Experts warn that the capital faces a substantial air pollution challenge 60 years on from the Clean Air Act and needs “an equally robust response” as that piece of pioneering legislation

10 policy steps to clean up London's air

Tackling emissions from gas boilers, imposing tighter standards on diesel vehicles and restricting the most polluting vehicles from entering the capital are among a raft of measures that the next London Mayor should introduce to cut pollution and help people live longer.

New cars could still emit twice (110%) the legal limit of nitrogen oxide (NOx) without being punished

Europe's major cities (excluding London) call for diesel emissions crackdown

The Mayors of 20 European cities including Madrid, Paris and Copenhagen - but excluding London - have called for more stringent regulations to be put in place across the continent to tackle the deadly levels of air pollution caused by diesel vehicles.

If elected London Mayor, Sian Berry will immediately move to tighten up standards for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone by exercising a ban on idling for parked vehicles

Green Party targets zero-emission vehicles to tackle London's air quality crisis

"Half-hearted" efforts to tackle air pollution in London would be replaced with a fully-integrated, zero-emission fleet of public transport vehicles and elevated congestion charges if the Green Party's Mayoral candidate Sian Berry is able to realise her capital-wide vision.

Policy Exchange’s proposal would be the equivalent of increasing fuel duty by 1p per litre

New diesel tax would generate £500m and accelerate the switch to clean transport

New road tax implementations, aimed specifically at diesel vehicles, could generate more than £500m to fund a diesel car scrappage scheme that would ease manufacturing pressures associated with the consumer transition to electric vehicles, a think tank has claimed.

Defra – which operates on a £2bn budget – will be scrutinised on its ability to deliver initiatives that cover air quality, rural proofing, flooding and animal welfare

Defra set for '5 years of scrutiny' as MPs raise concerns over environment policy

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looks set to enter a "five-year period of scrutiny" after MPs this week raised concerns over the Department's ability to deliver on key flood protection, air pollution and animal welfare strategies.

While efforts have been made to improve transport infrastructure around the airport, Heathrow is still researching the uptake of newer aircraft models

Green technology could mitigate environmental impacts of Heathrow expansion

Technological advancements will mitigate the environmental impacts, such as noise and air pollution, of the controversial third runway developed at Heathrow, a new report from the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has found.

Last year, Defra ministers were ordered to publish a new Air Quality Strategy by the Supreme Court, detailing how the Government would bring pollution levels down by 2025

Defra faces legal action over 'woeful' air pollution policy

Environmental law firm ClientEarth has sent a final legal warning to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) informing the Department it will commence legal action if drastic improvements aren't made to the UK's 'woeful' approach to tackling air pollution.

(L-R): The London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservative); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

#GreenerLondon: 7 ways the next Mayor can deliver a sustainable capital

The National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace are among a coalition of the UK's most prominent environmental organisations challenging the next London Mayor to transform the capital into a world-leading sustainable city.

London city skyline. Outdoor pollution, much of it from vehicles, causes 40,000 deaths a year in the UK

Indoor and outdoor air pollution 'claiming at least 40,000 UK lives a year'

Air pollution both inside and outside the home causes at least 40,000 deaths a year in the UK, according to new report, which estimates the cost of the damage at £20bn.

Nearly £200,000 will be spent on new electronic signs and measuring equipment asking drivers not to leave their engines idling

London drivers may be urged to turn off engines in bid to tackle air pollution

London drivers will be encouraged by volunteers and signs to turn off their engines in traffic jams to tackle the capital's illegal air pollution levels, under plans announced by Boris Johnson on Thursday.

Ealing and Islington were the two London Boroughs to receive new funds. Almost 9,500 people being killed by air pollution in London in 2010

Defra halves local authority funding to tackle air pollution crisis

The amount of money given to local authorities in England to allow them to combat rising air pollution issues has been halved, the Government has confirmed.

LoCITY will apply real world trials and research to demonstrate that using cleaner vehicles will not introduce any negative operational impacts

TfL tackles London's air quality crisis with low-emission freight scheme

A new industry-led programme has been launched by Transport for London (TfL), offering increased availability of low-emission vans and lorries in an effort to reduce the emissions of the capital's freight and fleet operators.

Low-emission rates for London, which has the largest bus fleet in the UK, were similar to national figures

Report: UK's low-emission bus registrations tripled in 2015

More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in the UK in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard, marking a threefold increase compared with 2014.

Parts of the capital have already breached EU hourly limits for nitrogen dioxide pollution which causes thousands of premature deaths each year

London takes just one week to breach annual air pollution limits

London has already breached annual pollution limits just one week into 2016, and only weeks after the government published its plans to clean up the UK's air.

The buses upgraded from this fund will complete more than a million journeys a year

Hundreds of England buses to get emission-busting upgrades

Nearly 450 buses in England will be fitted with green technology to cut harmful emissions by up to 90%, as part of a £7m funding award by the Department for Transport.

IBM Green Horizons research scientist Dr. Baoguo Xie in front of the Green Horizons Project overview panels. Photo credit: IBM

IBM to scale up big data environment programme

Global IT corporation IBM has announced plans to expand its Green Horizons programme which uses big data to help cities and companies make informed environmental decisions.

The AirPublic team pitched its innovation to business leaders in Paris

London air quality start-up scoops 2nd place in global climate hackathon

Young entrepreneurs from London have claimed second place in a cleantech innovation competition in Paris that saw teams from 20 major cities around the world create solutions to local climate change problems.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

After months of anticipation all eyes turned to Paris as COP21 finally kick-started. While still in its infancy the climate talks have already birthed some innovative announcement and pledges as countries from around the globe commit to tackling climate change.

The UK saw approximately 37,800 deaths from air pollution in 2013

Air pollution killing 430,000 Europeans a year

Air pollution is responsible for up to 430,000 premature deaths a year across Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has found.

The Bio-Bus is capable of travelling up to 300km at a time on biomethane

Bristol set for fleet of poo-powered buses

The city of Bristol could soon be home to a fleet of a 130 'poo-powered' buses after a successful pilot project earlier this year.

DECC is expected to see budget cuts of around 30%, with up to 200 staff made redundant

Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Outside of technology, the EIC report also calls for the establishment of a statutory Air Quality Committee

EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC

Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

The report points out that 88% of the studies on air quality around fracking sites have shown increased levels of on-site air pollutants

Report: EU fracking guidelines fail to protect environment & citizens

Non-binding EU guidelines on shale gas exploration are "weak" and fail to protect the environment and health of citizens, a new report has claimed today (8 October).

Martin Winterkorn said he was shocked by events of past few days and hopes to provide Volkswagen with a fresh start by resigning

VW chief resigns over emissions scandal

Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

More than 50,000 people a year die prematurely as a result of air pollution in the UK

Government passing the buck on air pollution, say campaigners

A government plan to meet European air quality limits by letting councils ban diesel vehicles and charge drivers more for parking polluting cars and vans is disappointing and could result in further court cases and tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, critics say.

The new Nissan Leaf is expected to go on sale in December with a market price of £24,490

Nissan delivers 155-mile battery upgrade with new Leaf

Japanese carmaker Nissan has added a new 30Kwh battery to its flagship Leaf electric vehicle, improving its driving range by 25%.

An estimated 29,000 Britons die prematurely each year from long-term exposure to air pollution

Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths

Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe.

The tower runs off of 1400 watts of green energy and is able to produce smog free diamond jewellery, the equivalent of 1000m3 of clean air

World's largest 'smog vacuum' opens in Rotterdam

The world's first ever smog-absorbing tower, designed to provide pockets of clean air in polluted cities, opened on Friday in the Netherlands.

The Home Quality Mark has been designed to empower and enrich the quality of new residential properties

Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes

A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.

Boris Johnson has dismissed divestment as a 'cliff edge'

Lammy and Khan commit to divestment if elected as London mayor

Boris Johnson has come under increased pressure to move the capital's finances out of fossil fuels, as Labour party's Sadiq Khan and David Lammy both committed to do so if they are elected as London mayor next May.

Electric cars cost around 3p per mile to run, compared with around 15p per mile for the average petrol car

£100,000 electric-car loans on offer for Scottish businesses

A new £2.5 million fund will give Scottish businesses access to an interest-free loan of up to £100,000 for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs

Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution

Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.

9,500 deaths were reported in one year from London's air pollution

Air pollution kills almost 9,500 Londoners each year, MEPs call for binding targets

A new report published this week by London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed the extent of London air pollution-related deaths.

The Mayor's office has pledged £700m funding to ensure that by 2020 all 300 single deck buses operating in central London will be zero emission

51 electric buses to charge up streets of London

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that 51 all-electric buses will be entering service in the capital from autumn next year.

Official estimates suggest that over 3,000 deaths each year in London are attributable to air pollution

London Assembly calls on Boris to 'bin diesel'

A new report from the London Assembly Environment Committee has warned Boris Johnson that he needs to accelerate his air quality programs to comply with EU and UK laws.

London's NO2 pollution hotspots are caused largely by a high concentration of diesel buses

Almost all London boroughs failed EU air pollution limit for toxic NO2 gas

All but two of London's boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating

One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.

The Crown Estate wants to install more green spaces in London's West End

West End 'green corridor' could ease London's air pollution problem

A coalition of London property owners has announced plans to promote green infrastructure in the capital in the hope of boosting biodiversity and improving air quality for residents.

Making all transport refrigeration units in London zero-emission could be like taking 327,510 diesel cars off the road

Transport refrigeration engines '29 times more polluting than diesel'

Keeping food and drink cool in transit could be generating almost 50,000 tonnes of CO2 a year in London alone, a cold-technology company has warned.

Friends of the Earth claimed that the Government's case for expanding UK airport capacity is

Environmental case for new Heathrow runway has 'Airbus-sized holes'

The Airport Commission's recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been labelled a "hugely damaging decision" and a "backward step on climate change" by green groups.

Two Irizar ultra-low emission buses will start running between Victoria Station and Cricklewood in October

World's first pure electric double-decker bus coming to London

The world's first purpose-built pure electric double-decker bus will enter service in London later this year, Mayor Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

Deliver Change is aiming to bring together business and local government to tackle air pollution

'Make air pollution visible' campaign launched to improve UK air quality

A new campaign plans to bring together businesses, government and local groups to solve the problem of air pollution in the UK.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said public concern about air pollution could help boost electric vehicle sales

EV industry must spread air quality message, says Transport Minister

New Transport Minister Andrew Jones has called on the low-carbon vehicle industry to make the public more aware of the local air quality benefits of buying electric cars.

The research found that almost two thirds of surveyed housing associations had dealt with 'sustainable technologies', with 75% saying solar PV was the option they would be most likely to use again.

Solar PV is most popular green technology for housing associations

Solar PV panels are the most popular form of green technology for housing associations in the UK, according to a new report from the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation.

The project would use waste left over after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and heat for local homes and businesses

North London eyes new energy recovery project to hit 50% recycling target

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled bold plans to develop a new £500m energy recovery facility that will generate electricity from non-recyclable waste to power local homes and businesses.

The Airports Commission report concluded that Heathrow could expand without exceeding air quality levels

Heathrow expansion 'within environmental limits', air quality report confirms

Heathrow airport could expand without exceeding legal air quality levels, according to a new report published today (8 May) by the Airports Commission.

Air pollution causes 29,000 premature deaths a year in the UK

Supreme Court orders UK Government to slash pollution

The UK is in breach of European air quality standards and must draw up plans to reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere, the Supreme Court has ruled.

ClientEarth, a group of activist lawyers, want the Supreme Court to order the Government to produce a new plan to deliver urgent cuts to illegal UK air pollution levels

Government goes on trial for air pollution 'failure'

The UK Supreme Court will hear ClientEarth's case against the UK Government over its 'failure' to meet deadlines for legal limits on air pollution in what will be the culmination of a four year battle.

Dust from the Sahara combined with pollution from mainland Europe has contributed to one of the worst smogs of the year this week

Smog spike 'stark reminder' for UK Government

Warnings of high pollution levels across the country have reignited calls on the next Government to focus on air quality improvements and develop a national framework of Low Emission Zones to reduce transport emissions.

London reportedly has no plans to comply with NO2 legal limits until after 2030

London 'lucky" to score C- for air quality

London has taken sixth spot in a new ranking of 23 European cities on air quality, but mayor Boris Johnson is "lucky" to have been rated so highly as he has no plans to comply with air pollution laws until after 2030, if ever.

Boris Johnson with two zero-emission Nissan Leaf cars, part of the Mayor's vision for an ultra low emission London by 2020

Boris Johnson confirms Ultra Low Emission Zone, funding boost for green cabs

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (26 March) confirmed the launch of the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone and announced an increased fund of £65m to roll out zero-emission taxis across the capital.

SocEnv has gathered 48 environmental policy suggestions for the next Government, with input from 12 professional bodies

Environment experts present 'policy menu' for next UK Government

A new air-quality strategy, water conservation in fracking and a plan to treat energy as an ecosystem are all on the 'policy menu' launched this week by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).

The green bus scheme provides an additional £30m to enable local authorities to replace current bus fleets with lower-carbon alternatives to improve urban air quality

Government ramps up ultra-low emission vehicle support with £65m funding

The Government has demonstrated its commitment to ultra-low emission vehicles by announcing £65m of funding through two schemes.

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