Councils get access to £2m funding to improve air quality
Local authorities in England can now bid for a share of £2m government support to implement air quality plans.
The funding is being provided under the 2019-20 round of the Air Quality Grant scheme, which to date has awarded more than £61m to projects, ranging from the installation of EV charging points to improved cycling infrastructure and local online air quality resources.
Such projects are said to have contributed to air quality improvements in the UK, which have seen primary emissions of harmful fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen oxides fall by 10% and 29% respectively over the 2010-17 period while levels of nitrogen dioxide at the roadside are now at their lowest levels since records began.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “Local authorities are in the best position to address the issues they face around their roads, and we are looking forward to receiving ideas for innovative schemes to reduce emissions and encourage cleaner, more active transport.”
Applications for the grant are open until 7 November 2019. For more details and to apply, click here.