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September 2016 Headlines

Emission factors still ‘wrong’?

A new set of emission factors have been released – in some cases they increase errors that have plagued past forecasts.

Cruise port OK

A legal challenge to a proposed Greenwich cruise terminal has failed.

Indicators axed

Sustainable Development Indicators are to be abolished.

London turns the corner as emissions fall

London air quality is improving once again, Kings College researchers believe.

Putney pioneers bus zone

Putney High Street in south west London will be the first of a series of low emission bus zones with Brixton to follow.

Public alerts to be displayed on bus stops

Air quality alerts will be included in bus arrival information at London bus stops, tube stations and roads.

South London councils logistics tie-up

Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon and Wandsworth councils have formed a low emissions logistics partnership to reduce delivery pollution.

Ayan appointed

Following the appointment of operations director Phil Battye, DustScan Ltd has just appointed Ayan Chakravarty (formerly of Mott MacDonald) as principal air quality consultant.

Factor update

Defra has released a number of updates to its LAQM tools:

Deputy Mayor

Shirley Rodrigues has become deputy London mayor for the environment.

Heatwave triggered

Temperatures in the east and south east of England were sufficient to trigger a level 3 heatwave alert on the 24th August.

Defeat the devices

The ICCT has proposed amendments to proposed European vehicle testing rules to make it harder for firms to cheat on emissions.

Delay to Scotland LEZs?

Scottish opposition MPs say that Scotland’s timetable for ambitious plans for low emission zones is slipping.

Traffic booms outside London

UK traffic levels are booming, official statistics reveal.

Eyecatching pollution campaign launched

Young people have launched an eyecatching air quality campaign. The group includes photographers who have creating stylish air quality protests from around the capital.

All clear for 250m composting cordon

A large study of England suggests that composting is safe.

Thurrock biomass

A large wood fired biomass plant in Essex has been given the go ahead at appeal.

Cambridge points

Cambridge won funding for a Feasibility Study but not won funding to support rapid electric vehicle charge points and subsidise purchasing low emission taxis (AQB July p3).

TAG update

TAG environmental impact workbooks on air quality, noise and greenhouse gases have been updated.

Northampton plans

Northampton Borough Council is consulting on an air quality action plan and special planning guidance on air quality.

Storrington bows out of LEZ plan

An unusual low emission zone in the Sussex village of Storrington is not to be.

HS2 drags feet on real time monitoring

Camden Council is concerned that HS2 is not carrying out real time monitoring.

Sepa sets out ‘21st century’ vision

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published its new strategy for regulation.

Harley-Davidson defeat devices

Harley-Davidson has been ordered to stop sales of illegal defeat devices in the US.

Truck fines

The European Commission has fined truckmakers for operating a cartel which fixed prices and emission improvements.

EU goes low

Europe has set out its low carbon plans.

Court case lumbers on

Clientearth continues to progress its High Court case against the UK Government to be heard in October. It has submitted its response to the Government’s legal defence.

Tories join call for low emission framework

A Conservative political grouping has demanded that all English cities should have the power to introduce LEZs.

Smart sensors handed out to map pollution

Drayson Technologies is launching a new campaign that aims to map pollution levels across London. ‘

Smart trees can mop up pollution?

Paris is trialling smart trees to mop up air pollution with claims of incredible air pollution clean up properties.

Performance drops

Data capture of the UK monitoring network dropped in the most recent quarter.

NO2 Mcerts

Enviro Technology has announced that its T500 NO2 analyser has achieved Mcerts certification. The T500U CAPS (Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift) direct reading analyser is claimed to offer “true” NO2 measurements across the ranges 0-5ppb to 1 ppm.

Electric surge

In the April-June period of this year, 38.0% more electric cars were registered compared to the same timeframe in 2015, Plug-in registrations totalled 19,252 for the year-to-date, 4,640 units ahead of the same period last year.

Internet interest

UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased up to 750% in the last ten years according to Nissan (maker of the LEAF).

Fracking has respiratory effect

Fracking causes respiratory symptoms for locals, Pennsylvania researchers suggest.

US advice for schools

Earlier this year US Environmental Protection Agency offered advice for reducing pollution exposure in schools. What advice did it have on mechanical ventilation?

Website review

Air quality has never been higher in the news – but funding continues to drop. Websites have unsurprisingly continued to suffer, we find in our annual review