Wakefield Council tackling air pollution on Clean Air Day

17/06/2019, PR-9083

Wakefield Council has pledged to become Carbon Neutral
Wakefield Council has pledged to become Carbon Neutral

​On 20 June, Clean Air Day will see schools, hospitals, workplaces and communities across the UK run events to inspire people to take simple steps to protect their health, and their families' health, from air pollution.

Wakefield Council is supporting Clean Air Day through an open event in the library at Wakefield One to showcase how we are working towards making Wakefield Council a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.

Our story of improving air quality includes supporting residents to become more energy efficient, the installation of electric vehicle charging points and working with ENGIE to build energy efficiency improvements. We have helped residents to reduce their energy usage through more efficient heating systems, understanding their usage and insulating their properties. Across the district we have improved the air quality to create a better place for everyone.

Everybody can have a positive impact on air quality and Wakefield Council would like to inspire its staff, residents, clients and customers to understand what they can do to reduce air pollution and limit its impact on their health and that of others.

Air pollution affects your health from your first breath to your last, as the damage to our health can start when we're a baby and carry on through into old age.

The good news is that our air pollution crisis is solvable and there are simple steps we can all take to help our family avoid toxic air and cut down on the pollution we emit - it's good for us and good for the planet too.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Maintaining a clean and healthy environment for us, our children and generations to come is an imperative for Wakefield Council. That is why we have taken steps to accelerate our move towards a carbon neutral district. While the national target is to reduce carbon emission by 80% by 2050 we have already reduced it by 55% and aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.

"Going forward we will be scrutinising every development application through a clean air lens to ensure that we can create a clean and safe environment across the district."

20 June is a day of practical action and awareness - raising, so we can all breathe cleaner air. Clean Air Day gives every school, hospital, workplace and housing estate free access to cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, approved by health experts and academics.

All the information on how to get involved in Clean Air Day is available from the Clean Air Day website www.cleanairday.org.uk

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