Low-emission strategies could be worth more than £1bn

Local councils have great opportunities to make significant improvements in air quality, according to a report by two government-backed groups.

Concerted action by local councils could lead to a 20% reduction in pollutant emissions from road transport by 2015, according to a report published in April by the Low Emission Strategies Partnership (LESP) and Local Government Regulation (formerly LACORS).1

The government-backed groups put the total benefits to human health and the environment of “well planned, coherent and determined action” at more than £1.3bn annually by 2015. This would come partly from reduced mortality from air pollution and lower damage to crops and ecosystems. But the main benefit would be reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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