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.