The Welsh Government has launched a 12 week consultation that looks into ways to improve air quality by targeting domestic wood and coal burners, stoves and car emissions.
Air pollution remains the largest environmental risk to the public’s health causing up to 1,400 deaths in 2017. It can shorten and damage the quality of life as well as our biodiversity and economy.
The ‘Clean Air Plan for Wales’ is proposing a range of new actions such as monitoring air outside schools and hospitals.
It will also involve assessing the impact of bonfires, fireworks and wood and coal domestic burners.
They also suggest £60 million over 3 years for local authorities to work with communities to develop a safe network for walking and cycling.
They will investigating how to reduce personal vehicle emissions with road pricing, Clean Air Zones or Low Emission Zones and encouraging electric cars.
Finally, planting trees and hedges can support air quality improvement.
Lesley Griffiths has said this plan provides a “national framework within which all areas of society can work together.”
We have made good progress but we must continue to improve. We must improve air quality, not just in the most polluted hotspots, but across all of Wales.
– The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs
Plans are already in place to demolish one of the UK’s most polluted streets in Hafod-Yr-Ynys, Crumlin and speed limits on motorways have been introduced to lower emissions.