Clean Air Strategy: What DEFRA’s proposals mean for industrial regulation

The government’s flagship Clean Air Strategy sets out DEFRA’s intention to ‘develop a UK approach’ to drawing up the best available techniques reference documents that govern heavy industry, but experts query the government’s capacity to undertake the work. Gareth Simkins reports

Industrial emissions
Industry is concerned about DEFRA's early plans for post-Brexit regulation

The government’s Clean Air Strategy may prelude important changes to industrial regulation in the post-Brexit landscape. But business associations are far from convinced that they are either necessary or workable.

Published on Tuesday, the strategy is the first overarching scheme to tackle air pollution of all kinds since the Air Quality Strategy of 2007. It sets out measures for transport, agriculture, biomass burning (both for power and for home heating) and a range of other sources, alongside plans to keep the public better informed about air quality. It also pledges to halve the population exposed to fine particulates beyond the World Health Organization’s guidelines by 2025, with the possibility of setting a more ambitious target in 2022.

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