UK air quality projects get £3.7m funding

Projects across the country to improve air quality will receive a share of almost £3.7 million of government funding. The Air Quality Grant programme helps local authorities tackle air pollution in […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Projects across the country to improve air quality will receive a share of almost £3.7 million of government funding.

The Air Quality Grant programme helps local authorities tackle air pollution in their areas to reduce the impact on people’s health and create cleaner and healthier environments.

This year’s funding will focus on supporting schemes set up to tackle nitrogen dioxide levels –  they will include a £163,100 project to support EV charging and infrastructure as well as an electric car club in East Hertfordshire.

Around £498,600 will pay for a Clean Air Zone study by Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils and £400,000 will help a fund Nottingham trial for fuel cell technology and encourage ultra-low emission vehicles in the NHS fleet.

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “I was delighted at the broad range of ideas submitted, from using the latest technology to promoting cleaner taxis and increasing the uptake of electric vehicles.

“These projects will help to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in our towns and cities, both now and in the future.”

The Major of London has said he will double funding to improve London’s air quality.