Poor air quality is a major crisis in the UK at the moment, and Bristol is no exception, with over 300 deaths a year being attributed to air pollution in the city. The Conservative government’s response has been pitiful, and the High Court has now forced it to take action on illegal levels of air pollution.
Despite the government’s failings, Bristol’s Labour administration is moving forward with a Clean Air Action Plan, which proposes a wide range of possible measures to improve our air quality and bring it into compliance with the law in the shortest possible time.
One of the options is to create a Clean Air Zone, with two geographical areas on the table. One area covers the city centre and Hotwells, whilst the other is larger and extends in the north to the boundary of Bishopston & Ashley Down ward. Public engagement on these options is underway
now, with formal consultation in early 2019. Find out more at: cleanairforbristol.org
In addition to this, Bristol’s Labour-run city council continues to focus on reducing our carbon emissions. We’ve already smashed the council’s carbon emissions reduction target, and are on on track to be a cleanenergy-powered, carbon neutral city by 2050.
We’re also taking action in a variety of other ways, including greening the council’s fleet, introducing 110 biogas buses, retrofitting the most polluting old buses, installing more electric vehicle charging, improving air quality monitoring, and investing £millions in renewable energy and heat networks.