Updates

Updates on MCPD legislation

Defra have circulated details of draft legislation to transpose the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) and introduce emission controls for certain generators in England and Wales, to stakeholders. This draft statutory instrument - the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 - will be laid before Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, together ...

STOR interim position statement open for comments

The IAQM considers that assessment of the impact of emissions from STOR-type plant cannot be disregarded on the basis of limited operating hours. It is also important that emission rate data appropriate to the proposed plant are applied in assessing both long-term and short-term exposure. The IAQM has published a position statement on 'Assessment of Air Quality ...

New London Environment Strategy to replace 2010 Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy

On the 11th August the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched his draft Environment Strategy for consultation. A public consultation on the plans is open until 17th November. The Mayor's office states that for the first time these plans combine strategies for each aspect of London's environment, including air quality, into one holistic document. Alongside air ...

IAQM Chair’s thoughts on the petrol and diesel ban

The IAQM’s Chair, Dr Claire Holman, has responded to news that the Government will be banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK from 2040. For many years the IAQM have highlighted the unacceptable levels of urban air pollution produced by diesel cars and the need for the UK to urgently seek ...

IAQM reponds to Defra’s 2017 Air Quality Plans

The Government's revised Air Quality Plan was released on the 5th May, after a High Court judge ruled that publication could not be delayed until after the General Election purdah period. The Government was required to prepare these revised plans, after ClientEarth won their second High Court case in November 2016 arguing that previous plans were ...

IAQM reaches membership milestone

We are very pleased to announce that in June the IAQM’s membership reached 400 members. When the organisation was founded in 2002, we estimated that there were 400 individuals working in the whole air quality profession in the UK.  Over the past fifteen years the profession has expanded, and there is no doubt that the Institute ...