CIEH comments on Environmental Audit Committee's report on sustainable transport

Publication Date: 1st September 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the call from the Environmental Audit Committee that a stronger commitment to sustainable transport is required, Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer for CIEH, said: 

“We first argued several years ago that transport appraisals need to factor-in the impact on health and we’re glad that the Environmental Audit Committee has endorsed our point of view.

“However, this sort of appraisal is hampered by the fact that we cannot yet quantify the impact of long-term exposure to NO2 on mortality and even if we could, monetising it will always be controversial.

“A step in the right direction would be for the Government to produce a new National Air Quality Strategy, which again is something we have recommended previously. This approach would demonstrate the Government’s commitment to truly improving our air quality, as well as better join-up the potential contributions of all government departments including DfT, Defra and DH, even if those could only be expressed qualitatively. “

ENDS 

Notes to editors 

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

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