Air quality report

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MEASURES to improve Dundee’s air quality continue to achieve positive results, according to a new report.

Detailed monitoring data from 2018, set to go before councillors next week, reveals that of the seven National Air Quality Standards (NAQS) pollutants there continues to be no anticipated risk of exceeding the statutory objectives for benzene, carbon monoxide, 1, 3-butadiene, sulphur dioxide and lead.

The picture for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and particulates was mixed with further improvements in some areas and increases in others.

Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “The improvements to date and the further actions detailed in the report are good to see, but I am well aware that there is much more that can and is being done to make our air quality better.

“These include our continued support for electric vehicles, promoting public transport, investing in measures that help people make sustainable transport choices and our commitment to introducing a Low Emission Zone by 2020.

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

A delivery group was established in September to lead the development of a Dundee Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in line with the Scottish Government’s target to introduce such zones in all four major cities by 2020.

The Dundee LEZ will contribute to the broader city objectives and the vision to create a healthy, vibrant and attractive city by protecting public health through improving air quality in Dundee and achieving air quality compliance for NO2, PM10 and PM2.5.

Dundee's LEZ will develop an environment that helps to promote more active and sustainable travel choices in Dundee, contributes to the city's ongoing transformational change and helps to promote Dundee as an inclusive and desirable place to live, invest, visit and learn.

The report, which will be considered by the community safety and public protection committee on Monday (June 3) predicts an option appraisal process for the LEZ will be completed by the autumn.

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