Environment Secretary Michael Gove published the UK’s final Clean Air Strategy in January this year, which includes new primary legislation to give local government new powers to improve air quality.
The strategy included a goal to halve the number of people living in locations where concentrations of particulate matter are above the WHO guideline limit of 10 ug/m3 by 2025. It also had a commitment to end the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.
However, Gove’s clean air strategy is criticised for only referring to previous road transport plans. ClientEarth describes these plans as “already falling apart, as local authorities tasked with doing much of the work are missing deadlines set for them by ministers.”
Gove also has oversight of the Brexit process in relation to environmental legislation and is in the process of establishing a body to hold the government to account for environmental outcomes