South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has joined calls for strong legislative targets to reduce air pollution in the upcoming Environment Bill, expected to be introduced to Parliament this summer.
Air pollution is significantly more dangerous for children who are still developing their lungs and are nearer in height to vehicle exhaust pipes where many particulates originate. Air pollution is estimated to cost society £1.7 billion every year to 2020, which will rise to £5.3 billion through to 2030. This includes the cost of treating related illnesses.
Mr Dunne recently joined the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP at an event hosted by the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) to discuss air pollution and the Clean Air Strategy.
Mr Dunne said:
“Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and children are particularly vulnerable, as their lungs are still developing.
I am pleased this January the Government outlined its Clean Air Strategy, and Shropshire has also received over £53,000 to test low-cost Zephyr monitors and development of an air pollution map to identify any hot spots in the county.
It now important the government introduces clear targets in the Environment Bill to reduce pollutants and their associated health effects drastically. I look forward to seeing this important Bill introduced to Parliament soon.”