CIEH to hold flagship Air Quality conference online

21 April 2021, Tamara Sandoul

For the first time, CIEH is holding its flagship Air Quality Conference online.

The conference will bring together representatives from all the UK nations, comparing approaches of dealing with air pollution across the devolved UK administrations. CIEH’s Air Quality Conference will also review the Government’s plans to build on the ‘world leading’ Clean Air Strategy.

The Environmental Bill has now been delayed twice by the Government and is expected to return to parliament in mid-May, as part of a new parliamentary session. Professor Eloise Scotford, Vice-Dean Research at University College London and Ruth Chambers, Senior parliamentary affairs associate at Greener UK will discuss the content of this Bill and assess whether the targets being introduced will ensure a reduction in air pollution.

A series of high-profile plenary talks and thought-provoking sessions will also discuss the challenges for air pollution and provide measures to assist attendees in managing the evolving regulatory landscape.

Bruce Allen, CEO HETAS & Woodsure, will outline the changes to the sale of wet wood in smoke control areas. He will also explore proposals in the Environment Bill for changes to enforcement of domestic smoke emissions from wood burners.

Jocelyn Cockburn, Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, will discuss the implications of the recent Southwark Coroner’s Court ruling resulting in air pollution being recognised on Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s death certificate.

Gary McFarlane Conference Chair and CIEH Director said:

“We are delighted to welcome attendees to our online conference on air quality. There are lots of changes on the horizon, with increased responsibilities being placed on local authorities as part of the proposals in the Environment Bill and updated smoke control regulations.

After being delayed twice, the Government has promised that the Environment Bill will conclude its journey through parliament later this year. There is therefore no better time for us to come together to share best practice and explore the challenges and opportunities for improving local air quality.”

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