People and organisations have one month to give their views on a strategy which sets out how the UK should tackle five damaging pollutants.
The consultation into DEFRA’s Air Pollution Control Programme (NAPCP) is required under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive and further legislation introduced in 2018. However, the consultation ends on March 14.
The NAPCP is a UK wide document that sets out the proposed measures and technical analysis to show how the 2020 and 2030 emission reduction commitments for nitrogen oxides, ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and sulphur dioxide can be achieved.
Scotland and the other devolved administrations have given their own current and planned emission reduction commitments and this has been factored-in when preparing the document and conducting the analysis. For England, the measures used in the NAPCP analysis are those specified in the English Clean Air Strategy (CAS).
The administrations have outlined their existing and planned policies in the development of the NAPCP.
A number of these policies, which have outcomes associated with the measures in the CAS, were described in the strategy.
DEFRA have used the Clean Air Strategy measures to support the preparation of this NAPCP. Once the full suite of measures in each devolved administration has been accounted for fully, the NAPCP will be revised and republished in 2020.
The reason for the consultation’s short timescale is that the Clean Air Strategy was only published in mid-January and NAPCP must be published by April 1.
To participate click on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/air-quality-draft-national-air-pollution-control-programme
Officials would also welcome comments on the draft strategy via the Citizen Space website here https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/napcp-consultation/