Air Quality Update

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MEASURES to improve Dundee’s air quality is achieving ongoing results, councillors will hear on Monday (August 21).

Detailed monitoring data from 2016 will go before the community safety and public protection committee, outlining improvements in the annual average concentration of NO2 in Lochee Road, Meadowside and Whitehall Street.

The update report highlights a number of key measures adopted in the city to improve local air quality, which include:

  • Continuation of the ECOSTARS scheme, for heavy duty vehicles and taxi/private hire vehicles
  • Adoption of the Dundee Cycling strategy which gives a greater focus to all cycle related work around the council
  • Increasing the uptake of electric vehicles, currently the council has 83 EVs in the fleet, the largest of any local authority in the UK

Councillors will also hear about the local priorities and challenges for the year ahead which will see the council working to improve air quality in the city centre bus corridor and expand the infrastructure to support the use of ultra-low emission vehicles by the taxi trade.

Community safety and public protection convener Alan Ross said: “I am pleased to see these improvements and actions in the report, but we are not complacent and we are well aware there is much more that can and is being done.

“As a council, we are continuing to punch above our weight and further strengthen our credentials as a low carbon authority.

 “We are also continuing to work with the Scottish Government and other partners to help deliver air quality improvements through the Cleaner Air for Scotland-The Road to a Healthier Future (CAFS) Strategy.

“The council is determined to make long-term progress on air quality and improve the city for everyone.”

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